UPDATE: UI's Kirk Ferentz, Sally Mason speak about Peter Gray
Updated by Amie Steffeneicher, Internet Director - email
IOWA CITY (KWWL) -
The University of Iowa president issued a vague statement and the University of Iowa's football coach gave only basic details Tuesday regarding the allegations against former athletic advisor Peter Gray.
Gray resigned last Monday from the University of Iowa. Internal reports obtained by the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Friday show Gray was accused of trading tickets and money for sex and also inappropriately touching students.
When Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz was asked about Gray, he grew frustrated with reporters, according to the Press-Citizen. Ferentz did note that Gray "didn't work with our players. He did in the past, but it's been a while."
University of Iowa President Sally Mason has refused to talk to the press, but her office issued the following statement Tuesday:
"Regarding the recent media reports about Peter Gray, it is a confidential personnel matter and the University of Iowa will not make any additional comment. However, I want to assure you that we are continuing to review all the details regarding this matter and how it was handled. Once all the facts are known, I will take all necessary actions that are warranted. My priority is the safety and well being of our students, faculty, and staff."
Gray was formerly the Associate Director of Athletic Student Services and Director of Academic Advising and Counseling. According to the Press-Citizen, Gray's duties included one-on-one counseling to members of the UI women's basketball, men's golf and men's and women's swimming teams.
Gray worked at the University of Iowa from 1993-1995, then came back to UI in 2002.
According to the internal report, an unnamed UI student told investigators that Gray exchanged money and football tickets in return for sexual favors from another person. In the report, Gray admitted to providing the tickets and money to the person, but denied it was for sexual favors.
The report details allegations ranging from making sexual comments to touching students' genitals and spans the entire time Gray was employed by the university.
On Saturday, a former student athlete who asked not to be identified told KWWL he never felt uncomfortable by Peter Gray's actions nor knew of any teammates that had issue with him.
The former athlete we spoke with said Gray was touchy with the students he worked with, but he took it as a personality quirk rather than anything inappropriate.
The former student athlete said if the allegations are indeed true, then he believes the University acted appropriately.
Athletic Director Gary Barta said he cannot comment on personnel issues.
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