Iowa has acknowledged recruiting violations to the NCAA that involve basketball prospects improperly meeting with representatives of the school's athletic interests last month, among them Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher and his wife Demi Moore, The Des Moine Register reported Sunday.
According to the report, multiple prospects -- including Class of 2011 standouts Josh Oglesby and Marcus Paige -- met with former Iowa players Reggie Evans and Dean Oliver after a pick-up game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sept. 11, then met Kutcher and Moore in a suite at the football stadium later that day during the Hawkeyes' 35-7 win over Iowa State. Iowa has acknowledged that Evans, Oliver and Kutcher -- the last of whom is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- are considered representatives of Hawkeye athletic interests. Mark Abbott, a senior associate athletic director at Iowa, told the paper that the school is awaiting the NCAA's response to its internal investigation.
Oglesby has verbally committed to Iowa since that visit.
Paige remains uncommitted.
"The university is remorseful that these violations occurred," Fred Mims, an associate athletic director at Iowa, wrote in a letter to the NCAA dated Oct. 1. "We believe they were the result of sloppy management by our basketball staff."
(Click this link to read the rest of the story in The Des Moine Register.)