Three reinstated after suspensions
The son of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and two other Hawkeyes players have been reinstated after being suspended in April.
Kirk Ferentz said Wednesday that center James Ferentz, tight end Zach Derby and fullback Tyler Christensen are all back on the team. The three players were cited by campus police for public intoxication April 6 and indefinitely suspended from the team.
Christensen immediately pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal mischief and public intoxication. According to online court records, both James Ferentz and Derby entered guilty pleas May 1.
After sitting out all of spring practice, the three players are back for summer workouts.
"I'm just hoping we can all move on here," Kirk Ferentz told reporters Wednesday in Iowa City. "This has hardly been the crime of the century. For that to make front-page news in a major publication, it's a great state we live in."
James Ferentz, 19, was also cited in October for possession of alcohol under the legal age, pleaded guilty and paid a fine.
Kirk Ferentz suspended his son from team activities for the remainder of the 2008 regular season. James Ferentz returned for the Outback Bowl and entered spring practice as the team's No. 2 center.
Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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