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Release: Sept. 12, 2001

UI, Iowa State Game On For Saturday Barring National Day Of Mourning

IOWA CITY, IA - - The following is a statement issued Wednesday afternoon by University of Iowa Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby:

"Over the past 30 hours our staff and administration have had the opportunity to discuss the coming weekend's sports schedule at great length. Our nation is engaged in the aftermath of a horrible tragedy and yet is believed that college athletics can play a role in the healing process. Consistent with this belief, and after consultation with colleagues from around the country, we have made the decision to participate in athletics competitions scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 15-16. This would include playing the Iowa-Iowa State football game as scheduled. Our colleagues at Iowa State University share our perspective that this contest can perform a therapeutic function for the people of our state.

"Be that as it may, in the event the President of the United States designates a national period of mourning, we will re-evaluate our participation during that time. A tragedy of this magnitude renders many important events insignificant by comparison and we join our citizens in extending our prayers and best wishes to the victims and their families."

Separately, Bowlsby announced that Iowa's field hockey and soccer events scheduled for Friday and Saturday have been canceled.