YPSILANTI, Mich. – Iowa athletic director Gary Barta had no comment Friday on the announcement that U of I president Sally Mason will transfer some responsibilities away from the athletic department.
“The president’s release is our official word,” Barta said Friday, shortly after arriving at the hotel where the football team stayed on the eve of today’s game at Michigan. “There’s really nothing that I can add to it.”
Mason’s review includes looking at the office for Athletic Student Service and Compliance, an office headed by associate director of athletics Fred Mims.
She announced that supervision for student-athlete advising services in the department of athletics will report to the provost – the school’s chief academic officer — and athletic director for at least two years.
Also, supervision of the compliance operations in the department of athletics will report to the general counsel and athletic director for at least two years.
Fred Mims had responsibilities in both areas. Mims,as UI’s associate athletic director for student services, was the supervisor for former academic adviser Peter Gray, who is accused of violating the school’s sexual harassment policies.
When asked how Mason’s review could affect Mims, Barta said: “The president’s release is all we released, and beyond I don’t have anything else.”
Mims, who frequently attends road football games, was not on the Michigan trip.
“He did not make the trip,” Barta said. “His choice.”
When pressed further, Barta said: “He chose not to come on this one.”
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