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University of Iowa News Release    

May 15, 2006

UI Investigation: Tickets Were Not Exchanged For Cell Phone Equipment

An investigation by the University of Iowa Office of the General Counsel has concluded that an employee of a cell phone company did receive complimentary tickets to UI athletic events from UI student-athletes, but added that the "investigation revealed no substantiation that any of these student-athletes received cellular telephone equipment or accessories in exchange for the complimentary admissions to the games."

Cell phone accessories and cell phone account adjustments obtained by UI student-athletes "likely were of the type typically made for many customers of the company," according to the report.

UI General Counsel Marcus M. Mills presented the report to UI President David Skorton last week. Skorton requested the investigation after witness testimony during an unemployment insurance hearing by Iowa Workforce Development on March 14 raised the possibility that UI football players had received preferential treatment from a cell phone company employee in exchange for football game tickets.

"I accept the report and its conclusions," Skorton said. "I'm grateful to Marc Mills and his staff for conducting a thorough investigation. This will be shared with the Department of Athletics, which will determine the appropriate actions, if any, to be taken with regard to the student-athletes who were involved. At a minimum, I have asked the department to remind student-athletes and coaches of their responsibilities regarding the use of complimentary tickets.

"It is important for everyone -- students-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans -- to understand how their actions can affect the integrity of our programs," Skorton added.

Skorton noted that the report has also been shared with the Big Ten Conference and with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

For the complete text of the report, see:

http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2006/may/051506report.pdf

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, steven-parrott@uiowa.edu, 319-335-0552