Iowa State AD responds to claims Hawkeye band was subjected to inappropriate behavior
Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard has responded to claims that members of the Iowa marching band were subjected to inappropriate behavior by Cyclone fans during Saturday’s rivalry game in Ames.
On Tuesday, ESPN reporter Heather Dinich reported that the Iowa Athletics Department was looking into the possibility of “inappropriate actions” directed at members of the Hawkeye band during Saturday’s game between Iowa and Iowa State. Details were not available, but UI athletic director Gary Barta said he has contacted ISU officials.
“We have contacted Iowa State Athletics and are working to gather additional information,” Barta said in the school’s statement. “Our main priority is the safety of all Iowa students, staff and coaches when attending events away from Iowa City.”
Pollard responded to the claims, saying that the Iowa band had a police escort and there were no reports by officers or members of the band at that time. Dinich sent out a tweet with Pollard’s statement:
[Pollard] said Hawkeye band traveled w/ four police officers, and the Iowa State campus police chief spoke with all of them “and not one of those four officers saw anything, reported anything, or had anybody in the band or band directors share anything with them about anything.” – Heather Dinich, ESPN
Saturday’s game was wild enough, even without the accusations about the alleged behavior geared towards the band. Iowa won an 18-17 thriller on the road that was delayed multiple times for hours due to inclement weather.
The Hawkeyes have won five straight games in the head-to-head series.