Bowlsby & Alford Statements

IOWA CITY, IA - - University of Iowa Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby and men's basketball Coach Steve Alford released the following statements following today's court hearing involving Pierre Pierce.

Bowlsby's Statement:

"The County Attorney's Office, the persons involved with this incident, and the lawyers who represent them, have agreed to a resolution of this matter and we will do what is requested of us to facilitate a smooth implementation. This has been an enormously awkward and challenging situation that has resulted in an agreement acceptable to all of those involved. We will now turn our attention toward helping everyone move forward."

In regard to Pierre's athletics situation he will be withheld from competition during the 2002-03 season while he fulfills his obligations through the legal system."

Alford's Statement:

"This has been a very difficult situation for everyone involved. Pierre has admitted his mistakes and is prepared to accept his punishment. We want to continue to support Pierre and his family, and we are also sorry for the problems this matter has caused for the victim and her family. Unfortunately, two young lives have been affected and we can only hope this resolution allows all parties involved to move forward in a positive direction."

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