So, now we know what Greg Garmon is guilty of outside of poor judgement. The Iowa running back pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia Wednesday at the Erie (Pa.) County Courthouse, according to a story in the Erie Times-News.
Garmon, an incoming freshman who must pay $309.50 in fines, had two charges dropped - simple possession of marijuana and driving an unregistered vehicle.
The Erie native declined a Pa. interviewer's request on Wednesday saying it had to be set up through the University of Iowa. The long arm of the Kirk Ferentz reached the East Coast. Iowa's coach normally hasn't allowed the Hawkeye true freshmen to speak to Iowa media for years.
The next stage for this story, which has been one of the more highly-talked about stories in Hawkeye nation this summer, is Garmon's punishment from Ferentz. You can pretty much take to the bank that strength & conditioning coach Chris Doyle will encourage the freshman to run a "little bit extra" and have him picking up smelly things in the locker room. But, does the head honcho step in with any type of suspension?
The media consensus seemed to have Garmon sitting out anywhere from 0-2 games. I would say that prediction hasn't really moved with Wednesday's decision. Most on-lookers realized Garmon wasn't headed to a Turkish prison.
Is there a precedent? Kind of. Fellow incoming freshman running back Michael Malloy lost his scholarship after a legal issue and will be walking on for the first semester, at least.
The Malloy and Garmon cases differed in some aspects. Malloy pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor. In exchange for his plea, three other counts of trespassing, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without headlights were dismissed.
The other difference is that Malloy was willing to initially walk-on at Iowa only having one other scholarship offer from a school in the Dakotas. Garmon was ranked as one of the top running backs in the '12 class by most recruiting services.
In other words, if Iowa attempted to pull Garmon's scholarship, he'd likely being playing college football somewhere in the eastern time zone. Life isn't fair. Football isn't always fair.
Ferentz's M.O. in these situations has some clarity as we've learned over the years. He comes down harder on older players and he gathers his own information from law enforcement whenever possible. After that, it's anyone's guess on how he reaches his final conclusion.
That leaves one to speculate. So, let's do that. The Garmon case looks like a one-game suspension. And if you're picking a favorite between 0-game and two-game suspensions, go low. That's a little tip from Uncle Rob.
If Garmon stays out of trouble from here on out, he'll likely be needed by Iowa this season. There's a bit of a shortage at running back. You might have heard.
You hope missing a game being played on an NFL field and the internal responsibilities given him would be enough to get it out of his system. If not, chances are decent that he might not make it here for four years.
Garmon also could benefit from things recently being pretty quiet when it comes to Iowa and the police blotter. Hawkeye veterans are saying they're looking forward to mentoring Garmon. Again, one must hope those words go into action and stick.
Whether Garmon were to receive a two-game suspension or he doesn't miss a minute, fans likely will be using their tickets. At that point, it's up to Garmon and the Hawkeyes to win some football games.