Famous Sam Suspended, Calhoun Quits

Sam Aiello is suspended from Iowa's football team and April Calhoun has decided to quit school and the Hawkeyes' women's basketball team.

The famous Sam Aiello turned himself into Iowa City police today and was charged with assault causing injury for an April 5 incident at the Sports Column bar.

Aiello, a 6-5, 305-pound first-team offensive tackle on the Hawkeyes' football team, was suspended by Coach Kirk Ferentz.

The victim of the alleged assault is claiming Aiello poked him in the eye with a pool cue during a scuffle that began at 11 p.m.

"Obviously, I was not pleased to learn of Sam's involvement in an incident this past weekend," Ferentz said. "Based on the information I currently have, I feel an immediate suspension is merited.

"Earlier this week, I requested that our team be judged on this year's accomplishments and conduct. Up until last weekend, all of us involved were very proud of the way our team had handled themselves, both on and off the field.

"Team conduct is my responsibility and all of us are committed to making sure the incidents of last weekend are not repeated."

The famous Sam Aiello was in the news in a really famous way in 2001. He was involved in an altercation with Jon Beutjer, his roommate who then was a quarterback on the Hawkeye team.

The incident—which was famous because it happened off the field instead of on it--resulted in Beutjer transferring to Illinois. He is expected to be the starting quarterback when the Fighting Illini play at Iowa next season.

That should make for a very interesting, maybe even famous--afternoon in Kinnick Stadium.

April Calhoun is not nearly as famous as Sam Aiello, and she soon will be less-famous in Iowa City.

Why? Because she's quitting school and the Hawkeyes' women's basketball team.

Calhoun, a 5-8 sophomore guard from New Hope, Minn., said she's leaving Iowa for the famous "personal reasons."

She was one of three players to start every game for Iowa during its 18-15 season in 2002-2003. She averaged 6.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. She led the team in assists with 153.

"April was a valuable member of our team and we'll miss her talents on the floor," said Coach Lisa Bluder. "We wish her nothing but the best in the future."

That's it for now. Stay tuned, though. It's only Friday. There's still a long way to go in the weekend on our famous college campuses.

Ron Maly

Vol. 3, No. 16

April 11, 2003

[Ron Maly's e-mail address is malyr@juno.com ]

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