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Coker suspension possibly linked to assault


The University of Iowa announced on Tuesday that sophomore running back Marcus Coker will not return next season.

According to a release from Steve Roe, Director of Athletic Communications, Coker withdrew his application to enroll in spring semester classes and asked for a release from his football scholarship.  That release was granted.

Coker did not play in the Dec. 30, Insight Bowl after being suspended for violating the UI Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.

The violation could be linked to an assault that occurred more than 10 weeks ago on October 27.  

Our coverage partners at the Iowa City Press Citizen said a woman accused Coker of assaulting her in his home.

According to a police report obtained by the Iowa Citizen Press Citizen, the alleged victim went to an Iowa City hospital where she met police, but no charges were filed.

The U of I Athletic Department should have been notified right away, but Coker was not suspended until eight weeks after the incident.

There is no definite connection between the assault and Coker's suspension.

Coker rushed for 1,384 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. He was also the Most Valuable Player in the 2010 Insight Bowl.

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