The alleged mess that Iowa’s marching band went through at Iowa State got yet another layer added to it. Now it appears that Iowa was not properly told how to get out of the stadium.
According to The Daily Iowan, email communications between Iowa State and the Iowa marching band reveal that the band was not told how to safely exit the stadium. Iowa State has alleged that the Iowa band intentionally put themselves in harm’s way by not exiting properly.
Per the report, the email communications contained only one statement about the locations of departing buses. There were no alternatives in the event their first option was blocked or otherwise hindered.
As it turns out, their primary exit was allegedly cut off by construction, and they had little idea where to go to get back.
Iowa State refutes the idea that the Iowa marching band couldn’t leave. Athletic director Jamie Pollard said this week that they would have gone out the same direction as Iowa State’s band. And the Iowa State band had no trouble getting out.
Members of the Iowa marching band are alleging that they were the victims of physical and even sexual assault by Iowa State fans while they tried to get back.
But that was only after the two schools’ athletic directors announced they were dropping the investigation.