Gary Barta speaks on Tristan Wirfs​’ arrest

UI Athletics Director Gary Barta released a statement on the most recent Hawkeye football player to be arrested.


Joseph Cress

Iowa offensive linemen Tristian Wirfs warms up during a summer camp practice at the outdoor practice facility on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.

Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta released a statement on July 29 regarding the arrest of Hawkeye offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs. The sophomore, arrested for OWI, was released from the Johnson County Jail around 10 a.m. that day.

“While we are currently gathering additional facts, I am disappointed in Tristan’s decision-making based on the information that’s already been confirmed,” Barta said in a release. “He is subject to the rules and regulations of the UI Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, and the rules and regulations of Coach Kirk Ferentz and his program.”

Wirfs was arrested at 1:43 a.m. July 29. Police stopped him at 606 Riverside Drive.

A suspension seems likely for the Mount Vernon native, especially considering how head coach Kirk Ferentz dealt punishment for Brady Reiff. He was arrested on July 21 for public intoxication. Ferentz announced on July 23 that Reiff would be suspended for Iowa’s season-opener against Northern Illinois, on Sept. 1.

Hypothetically, a Tristan Wirfs suspension does not bode well for a Hawkeye offensive line going against a solid Huskie defense. Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois’ best defensive lineman, tallied 14 sacks last season and 30 tackles for a loss.

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