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Iowa to Reevaluate Recruiting Policies

March 10, 2004

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) _ University of Iowa officials will reevaluate how the football program handles official recruiting visits.

The review is part of the school’s response to a Kansas newspaper report that a football prospect had consensual sex with a female student during his official visit last fall.

University spokesman Steve Parrot said Tuesday that the football program has no written policy, except for NCAA rules, for the official campus visits that are an essential part of college recruiting. The university said coach Kirk Ferentz supports the review

Parrott said that officials will not make any public statements about the case pending the completion of an investigation.

Nick Patton initially told the Manhattan Mercury, in a story published Friday, that he thought the female student had been assigned to him, and that their sexual encounter occurred at the residence of his host, Iowa linebacker Abdul Hodge.

Two days later, Patton told a different version of the story to The Des Moines Register, essentially denying the meeting had been arranged. He also said the encounter took place in the hotel room that he was staying during his two-day visit. Hotels for recruits are paid for by the football program.

Patton also reaffirmed that the woman made several visits to his home after their initial meeting.

Four recruits contacted by The Associated Press last week said the only contact they had with female students was in social settings or during visits to residence halls with their hosts.

University President David Skorton said Big Ten officials had been notified of the investigation.

Sue Lister, spokeswoman for the conference, declined to comment Tuesday, citing league policy to withhold comment until schools finish their own inquiry.

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On the Net: University of Iowa athletics: http://hawkeyesports.ocsn.com/

Big 10 Conference: http://www.bigten.org/

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