In this surveillance video provided by Iowa State University, the University of Iowa marching band approaches an exit gate crowded with football fans leaving Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on Sept. 14, 2019. Officials say the logjam may have resulted in verbal or physical skirmishes. The Des Moines Register
Iowa athletics director Gary Barta said department deputy Barbara Burke has been meeting with Hawkeye marching band members who claim they were abused after the Sept. 14 Cy-Hawk game against Iowa State.
Barta's comments Tuesday are the first look into Iowa's ongoing investigation regarding several band member's claims that they were assaulted by Iowa State fans.
He said that he believes members of the marching band were accosted, though it remains unclear if any of the alleged behaviors toward the band members rises to the criminal level.
Iowa State University police said earlier in the day that no criminal complaints have been made and they have not made an independent investigation.
Barta's comments come one day after university president Bruce Harreld told the Daily Iowan that the annual Cy-Hawk game could be canceled if his safety concerns are not met.
“I know he meant what he said, because he was upset and frustrated," Barta said.
Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen, athletics director Jamie Pollard and ISU Police Chief Michael Newton discussed the allegations earlier Tuesday.
Wintersteen and Pollard both said their school remains committed to the continuation of the Cy-Hawk game between the schools. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was skeptical Tuesday that the game would be canceled.
Barta told the Press-Citizen last Thursday that he and Pollard looked into the allegations on Sept. 16 and 17 but decided "it would be difficult to verify details and elected to focus on moving forward on future events.”
On Tuesday, Barta said that he never said that the school's investigation was closed.
“At no point did I say the investigation was closed,” he said.
Barta previously confirmed that one student was treated for an injury but offered nothing further, citing medical privacy rules.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
Surveillance video provided by Iowa State University shows the Hawkeye Marching Band leaving the stadium to the west after Iowa defeated Iowa State on Sept. 14, 2019. Fans skirmished with the band while leaving the stadium, outside the view of this camera, officials have said. The Des Moines Register