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Hawkeye father and son fight to save swimming at Iowa, as seen on The Steele Report

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) -- Cedar Falls High school Hall-of-Famer Matt Purdy bled Black and Gold long before the legendary Hayden Fry recruited him to play football for the Hawkeyes nearly 3 decades ago.

"Hayden Fry and Bobby Elliott walking into my house in Cedar Falls and I can Rember them walking in and Hayden Fry walking in his black Ostrich skin boots," Matt said. "Bobby Elliott was one of the greatest human beings you ever met in your life, he recruited me and made me love Iowa."

He spent four years playing and fighting for Iowa and his eternal love for the Hawkeyes was passed down to his son Ryan, an outstanding swimmer.

Ryan Purdy became a Hawkeye Swimmer and had an outstanding freshman season.

However, when he returned to campus to begin his sophomore year 2 weeks ago, it abruptly ended.

"No Warning, Nobody saw it coming at all," Ryan said.

In a brief meeting with Iowa Athletic Department leaders, 100 student-athletes in four sports were informed their Hawkeye careers were over.

"They showed no remorse for any of us to be completely honest with you--it was disheartening to see so little care about us at that point," Ryan said.

Iowa will honor the scholarships of all the student-athletes who saw their programs cut but the Purdy's say it is not enough.

"Knowing my son and these 100 plus athletes are going through this, I think about the mission statement the University of Iowa has on their twitter page, talks about winning, all four of these programs have a winning history," Matt said.

"Right now, kids are sad, kids are angry," Ryan said. "Yes we want answers. We want to have the respect of a top 20 program you know that has come so far in this University. We want Gary Barta to sit down and listen to what we have to say to him."

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Ron Steele

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