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Left to ‘completely rebuild’ their team after COVID cuts, UI women swimmers are taking the university to task over Title IX

There were “mixed emotions” when University of Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta met with the women’s swimming and diving team on Feb. 15 to let them know their program, which the university had cut on Aug. 21, would be fully reinstated. While there was excitement and optimism over the news, there was also frustration over […]

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Kirk Ferentz tests positive for COVID-19

Hawkeye football Head Coach Kirk Ferentz has tested positive for COVID-19 and “will remain home until Dec. 27,” the University of Iowa Athletics Department announced in a statement on Friday morning. According to UI Athletics, Ferentz tested positive using a rapid antigen test on Thursday morning, and the results were confirmed by a PCR test. […]

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Iowa Republican leaders join President Trump in trying to pressure the Big 10 into resuming fall football season

The Republican leaders of the Iowa Legislature sent a letter to Big 10 Commissioner Kevin Warren, asking him to restore the conference’s fall football system, which was canceled due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. “Just last month, under your leadership, the Big Ten released updated and enhanced testing, quarantine and isolation policies,” Speaker […]

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University of Iowa cuts swimming and diving programs, men’s gymnastics and tennis, citing COVID-19 losses

On Friday afternoon, University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld and Director of Athletics Gary Barta released a statement containing “some extremely difficult news.” Harreld and Barta said that due to COVID-19 financial losses in the Athletics Department, four of the university’s 24 intercollegiate varsity sports programs will be cut: men’s and women’s swimming and diving, […]

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UI says it won’t test students moving into residence halls for COVID-19, announces five more cases in Athletics Department

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The University of Iowa announced on Monday it will not test students for COVID-19 before they move into residence halls. “Poorly administered mass testing can result in damaged or inconclusive results and excessive false negative,” the university said. In a statement posted on its COVID-19 information page, UI said that although such testing “may provide […]

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UI Athletics suspends men’s basketball workouts after two players test positive for COVID-19

The University of Iowa Athletics Department announced on Tuesday it is suspending workouts for its men’s basketball team after two players tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. This is the first time the department has suspended activities in one of its programs because players have tested positive for the virus. UI Athletics began recalling athletes […]

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University of Iowa suspends ticket sales for 2020 football season as it tries to figure out how social distancing will work at Kinnick

The University of Iowa Athletics Department said on Monday that it “has paused ticket sales for the 2020 football season.” “Only individuals who have renewed season tickets and completed per-seat contributions by June 30 will be included in potential Kinnick Stadium seating plans,” according to a UI Athletics press release. The department said the pause […]

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University of Iowa announces it will resume in-person classes in the fall, begins calling coaches and athletes back to campus

The University of Iowa plans to resume in-person classes in the fall, according to a statement posted on UI’s COVID-19 information page. The University of Iowa plans to resume face-to-face instruction for the fall 2020 semester. The university is committed to the safety and well-being of its students, faculty, and staff and will implement recommended […]

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