Two high school basketball recruits were allowed to meet actors Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore at a September University of Iowa football game, in violation of NCAA rules, according to the Des Moines Register.
The university has admitted to violations, saying the two recruits met with former Iowa basketball players at a scrimmage, then met Kutcher and Moore at a football game the same day. Because Kutcher and Moore are -- to keep it simple -- considered boosters, they are not allowed to meet recruits.
While the university has characterized the violations as "inadvertent," the newspaper has uncovered information that calls that conclusion into question.
Kutcher and Moore met with the recruits at Kinnick Stadium during the Sept. 11 Iowa-Iowa State game.
School officials told the NCAA where the recruits met with the actors - but that information was marked out on documents the Register received. But in answer to a question during the internal investigation, one of the recruits indicated they watched the game in a suite on the press box level of Kinnick Stadium. Suites designated for use by Hawkeye athletic officials and coaches are on that level.The recruits are identified in the paper as Josh Oglesby of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who has committed to Iowa, and fellow Iowan Marcus Paige, who is still in his recruitment.
The recruit stated he left the suite prior to the start of the second half and went back to his seat in the south end zone for the rest of the game. NCAA rules prohibit recruits from watching football games from the school press box or suites.
Unavoidable contact with boosters is not a violation of NCAA rules.
New Iowa coach Fran McCaffery did not comment.
UPDATE: The team and players have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the NCAA.