Days after being charged with disorderly conduct following a late-night incident in downtown Iowa City, Nico Law has decided to leave the Iowa football program.

Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed Wednesday that the senior defensive back has decided to complete his career elsewhere.

“We wish him the best with his decision,’’ Ferentz said in a brief statement.

Law, who saw action in all 38 games Iowa has played during his three seasons as a Hawkeye, announced his departure on his Facebook page.

“My football career is going in a new direction at another university,’’ Law wrote. “I want to thank all the fans, friends, family and Iowa football staff for their support over the years. You will truly be missed. Iowa will always be my 2nd home. Hawk for life!!!’’

Law was listed as a second-team strong safety behind senior John Lowdermilk on the most recent Iowa depth chart, the same role he filled which left him with limited playing time during his junior season.

During his three seasons, Law record 44 tackles for the Hawkeyes including a career-high eight in a game at Indiana in 2012. He finished last season with just five tackles, including four solo stops.

Because he played as a true freshman at Iowa and has not used a redshirt year, Law finds himself with options.

He could transfer to another Football Bowl Subdivision program, redshirt during the upcoming season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules and play as a fifth-year senior in 2015. Law could also transfer to a Football Championship Subdivision program and be eligible to take the field this fall for his senior season.

His exit from Iowa comes after Law was fined $100 plus $95 in court costs after entering a guilty plea to a disorderly conduct charge filed following an incident early Saturday morning at the corner of Clinton and Washington streets in downtown Iowa City.

Law was cited by Iowa City Police at approximately 1:45 a.m. on Saturday for his involvement in an altercation with another man, who according to police reports was jumped, punched and tackled by Law. The report states that Law then kicked the man and walked away from the scene.

He was apprehended about one block from the scene after being identified by name by both the victim and other witnesses.

The altercation, according to the report, followed a verbal altercation between the victim and a female friend of Law.

Law spent the night in the Johnson County Jail before being released around 10 a.m. on Saturday. Shortly after that, Ferentz issued a statement indicating he would work to gather information about what took place and that Law would be subject to penalties dictated by the UI Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.


EARLIER UPDATE

Steve Batterson at 1:25 p.m.

Less than a week after being charged with disorderly conduct in a late-night incident in downtown Iowa City, Iowa defensive back Nico Law has indicated on his Facebook page that he is leaving the Hawkeye football program.

“My football career is going in a new direction at another university,’’ Law wrote. “I want to thank all the fans, friends, family and Iowa football staff for their support over the years. You will truly be missed. Iowa will always be my 2nd home. Hawk for life!!!’’

Law was listed as a second-team strong safety behind senior John Lowdermilk on the most recent Iowa depth chart. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Clinton, Md., saw action in each of Iowa’s 13 games last season and recorded five tackles, including four solo stops.

The 21-year-old was charged by Iowa City Police at 1:45 a.m. Saturday following an incident on a sidewalk at the corner of Clinton and Washington streets in downtown Iowa City, a byproduct of a dispute earlier in the evening between the man Law allegedly had the altercation with and a female acquaintance of the Iowa football player.

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rvhawkeye

Great, lets keep that new college tradition of troublemakers.

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