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University of Iowa News Release


May 27, 2008

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Director of Athletics Gary Barta:

"This has been a difficult situation for everyone involved. From the day we learned about the incident, I have been deeply concerned and we have taken it seriously.

"Our first concern was for the young woman. As part of the process, all staff involved worked to follow university procedures and protocol. I am very confident that happened. Last fall, everything was turned over to the proper authorities in full cooperation of the legal process.

"I look forward to being able to explain the handling of this matter more completely in the near future."


Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz:

"This situation has always been serious and significant. I am concerned for everyone involved.

"Abe and Cedric left the football program last fall after several meetings with me. Because this is still a legal matter and the information is sensitive, I cannot discuss the specifics of those conversations at this time.

"From the beginning, I have worked directly with Gary Barta and University officials to make certain that procedures and protocol were followed."

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Steve Parrott, University of Iowa spokesman, 319-530-6972; Gary Barta, director of UI Athletics, 319-335-9435.