Late Sunday night, Iowa running back Mika’il McCall posted the following on his Facebook page: “I’m not going to Iowa anymore. Looking for a new school.”
It was up for just a few minutes. It was immediately hammered by negative comments.
This is the way it’s headed for McCall, who was suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules after Iowa’s victory at Purdue on Nov. 19. McCall, a true freshman who rushed 11 times for 69 yards, hasn’t officially asked Iowa for a release, but that’s where this is likely headed.
McCall hasn’t been with the team since late November. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said last week that McCall’s future with the team would be determined after the Insight Bowl trip.
Social media is hardly rock solid, but it has become a mechanism for athletes to control their own message. Last December, running back Jewel Hampton announced via Facebook that he was leaving Iowa. He transferred to Southern Illinois.
But another factor to keep in mind is emotion. Social media’s immediacy often allows a message to get out that someone might not mean exactly.
That doesn’t seem to be the case here.
It’s not official, but McCall appears to be done at Iowa.
Sophomore Marcus Coker is suspended for the Insight Bowl. Ferentz hasn’t addressed Coker’s future at Iowa beyond what was stated in last Tuesday’s release.