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Sunday, July 20, 2008
Iowa recruit arrested after leading police on chase

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg 

Iowa doesn't need this right now.

Trying to reform its off-field image after the arrests of 18 players in the last year and a half, the football program got stung again early Saturday. Defensive end Riley Reiff, an incoming freshman from South Dakota, was arrested after allegedly leading at least eight Iowa City police officers on a 20-minute foot chase, multiple media outlets reported. The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of public intoxication and interference with official acts.

Apparently Reiff thought he was in his dorm room, since police said he started taking off his clothes in an alley before running from the cops.

Iowa athletic director Gary Barta issued the following statement about the situation:

"(Head coach) Kirk (Ferentz) and his staff have worked extremely hard throughout the summer setting a tone and laying out expectations," Barta wrote. "This makes Riley's actions even more disturbing.

"It's simply not acceptable. I don't yet have the details on the situation, but Riley and the other young freshmen coming into our program have to understand the responsibility that comes with being a Hawkeye.

"We'll deal with it in accordance with the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, but again, I can't express enough how discouraged I am. I'm confident with all the steps that have been taken by the staff this year that this is not a sign of what we'll see this season."

Still, another arrest is not the start Ferentz or the Hawkeyes need to what will be a pivotal season.