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Iowa fires two over response to assault claim

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Two University of Iowa officials were fired Tuesday after being faulted for their response to an alleged sexual assault involving two former football players.

University spokesman Steve Parrott said Phillip Jones and Marcus Mills were fired by school president Sally Mason one day after rejecting her offer for resignations.

Mason is scheduled to meet with the Iowa Board of Regents to discuss the university's response to the incident. The Regents are expected to discuss possible penalties on Iowa.

Board president David Miles, asked if Mason could be fired, responded: "I don't want to deal in hypotheticals."

AUBURN: Tailback Brad Lester (knee) and kick returner/running back Tristan Davis (headaches) are expected to play Saturday against Tennessee.

Notre Dame: Tight end Will Yeatman can practice but can't play until prosecutors decide whether to formally press alcohol-related charges against him, coach Charlie Weis said. Center Mike Golic Jr., facing a preliminary charge of consumption of alcohol by a minor, will have any punishment handled internally.

OHIO STATE: Tailback Chris "Beanie" Wells, out since he injured his right foot in the opener, is likely to return against Minnesota on Saturday.

South Carolina: Starting left tackle Jarriel King was hospitalized after experiencing a heart flutter. He is expected to recover fully and miss just one practice.

Washington State: Quarterback Kevin Lopina fractured a bone in his lower back last week and will be out indefinitely. A full recovery is expected. With backup Gary Rogers already out for the season, redshirt freshman Marshall Lobbestael is expected to start Saturday against Oregon.

Arkansas track sanctions upheld

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The NCAA upheld sanctions against Arkansas' track and field program, though the school hopes to keep two national titles. Arkansas plans to ask an NCAA committee handling track and field scoring to clarify how many points it must vacate from the 2004 and 2005 men's outdoor national championships.

Iowa fires two over response to assault claim 09/23/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 1:13pm]
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