Univ. of Iowa Says It Erroneously Spent from Athletes' Fund

The Old Capitol and the Pentacrest, east side, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. (Gazette/KCRG)

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By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A newspaper says the athletics department at the University of Iowa last year erroneously spent more than $2,000 from a fund for student athletes to send administrators to sporting events.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports officials blame an accounting error on using the money by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to send administrators to wrestling and track events. The money has been returned.

NCAA offers annual funding for student athletes through two programs to help with personal expenses ranging from parking permits to travel costs. UI received more than $450,000 last year from the two programs.

School officials say rules on how to spend the money are deliberately broad. They say funds used for document shredding, displays for Carver-Hawkeye Arena, child care and legal fees are not a mistake.

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