Hawkeye Fans React to Hyde Punishment

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

Iowa defensive back Micah Hyde talks to journalists during media day at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Liz Martin/SourceMedia Group News)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa fans appear mixed with the punishment handed down to Micah Hyde after his weekend run-in with the law. Hyde, who was charged with two simple misdemeanor alcohol offenses, will not be suspended, but will no longer be a team captain.

"I feel like he probably should have been suspended for at least a game, because he's our team leader," said Heath Cunningham, a University of Iowa student from Sioux City. "He has to set an example for the rest of the team, but it definitely helps the Hawks having him out there."

Hyde was among a group of people who who fled from an Iowa City bar after a disagreement that led to a call to police. Details of the incident still are not clear, but Hyde was arrested just before 2 a.m., about two blocks from the bar.

"It's bad that he's no longer a captain," said Emmanuel Harvey, an Iowa freshman and recent City High grad. "I played in high school and honestly, that's worse than not playing."

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz indicated Hyde could regain his captain-ship during a weekly meeting with reporters on Tuesday. Iowa will travel to Michigan State this weekend for a Big Ten showdown.

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