Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that she doesn't support an end to the Iowa-Iowa State football rivalry and called on officials at the two universities to adequately address safety concerns.
"I have full confidence in the two universities sitting down and being able to figure this out. They'll move through it, making sure that they take everything into account," she said at her weekly news conference.
The in-state rivals met Sept. 14 on the Iowa State campus in Ames, and members of the Hawkeyes marching band said they were harassed physically, emotionally and sexually by Cyclones fans.
Reynolds said of the potential end to series, "I just really don't believe that that's really an option."
But Iowa president Bruce Harreld seemingly disagrees. He told the student newspaper, the Daily Iowan, that he is hopeful to two sides can "work through this" but realizes the tradition might have to end.
"If for some reason one party or the other doesn't come to the table," he told the paper, "then no, why would we (continue)?"
At Iowa State, officials held a news conference on Tuesday, and athletic director Jamie Pollard called it "critical that we do everything possible to continue to maintain this series."
He said he received reports of five alleged incidents from a deputy athletics director but that no police reports had been filed. He said Michael Newton, the campus police chief, "and his team fully investigated to the best of our ability those five incidents, and concluded that it was going to be really tough to know exactly what happened."
Newton said his team was not provided specifics of the allegations.
Pollard also said the Iowa marching band did not exit through the proper gate, instead being forced to walk through an area still crowded with "thousands of people."
Last week, The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette published band members' accounts of the alleged assaults. Iowa officials reopened their investigation after the report.
Band member Corey Knopp, 21, gave this account to the newspaper.
"A fan shoved me out of his way as we were marching in formation back to the buses," Knopp told The Gazette. "He decided to cut through the band and shoved me out of his way. I yelled, 'Do not put your hands on me sir,' and he yelled back, '(expletive) you.'"
"A girl's ribs are broken because of fan interaction," Knopp told the paper. "A member of the band was cornered by a number of males and was assaulted."
Pollard said the Iowa State band has been the victim of unruly behavior at Iowa in the past.
"We all have to do better," he said. "That means our fans need to do a better job of policing our fans, but so do the Iowa fans. This has got to be a collective approach to not let that type of behavior happen. However, the misinformation that continues to be perpetuated has to stop."
The Hawkeyes beat the Cyclones 18-17, their fifth straight victory. The first Cy-Hawk rivalry game, as it is known, was played in 1894, and the teams played intermittently until 1934. After a 43-year-hiatus, the series resumed in 1977, and Iowa holds an all-time 45-22 lead.
--Field Level Media