One year after the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal rocked Penn State--and all of college football, for that matter--we are now getting reports of a very strange, very disturbing and mildly confusing situation out in Iowa City, where an athletics department official by the name of Peter Gray has resigned after being faced with allegations of sexual misconduct against Iowa athletes.
According to reports out of Iowa City and elsewhere, the allegations date as far back as 1993, and continued up to the point of his resignation. What seems especially odd is the fact that Gray left Iowa in 1995, and though previous allegations were known to Iowa officials, Gray was still re-hired in 2002. In his most recent role, he helped oversee the university's academic advising center for athletes.
An internal investigation into the matter by the university turned up allegations ranging from inappropriate touching and harassment of student-athletes to trading football tickets for sexual favors to keeping inappropriate material on his computer. No criminal charges have been filed, but the investigation suggests that Gray's behavior was a widely known issue that had drawn complaints for years.
In a testy exchange with reporters this week, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz would not confirm a report that his players had been instructed to stay away from Gray. He also said that Gray had worked with the football team in the past but had not recently.
It is a very strange story indeed, and given the events of the past year in State College, one can assume that many more questions will be asked from Iowa administrations about how and why Gray was allowed to keep working at the university for so long.
In other words, stay tuned. This story isn't over yet.
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