Cordell Pemsl is suspended indefinitely from all Iowa basketball related activities after being arrested overnight by Iowa City law enforcement and receiving an OWI. According to the release from UI Athletics, members of the department are “in the process of gathering facts in regards to the incident.” Pemsl is also “subject to the rules and regulations of the UI Student-Athlete Code of Conduct and the rules and regulations of the basketball program.”
According to that code of conduct, Pemsl’s OWI is considered Level II Misconduct, which is subject to some or all of the following: “warning, reprimand, probation with or without conditions, requirements for restitution, conditions to encourage personal rehabilitation (e.g., counseling and community service), conditions related to satisfactory academic performance, suspension from practice, suspension from competition, and/or suspension from access to athletic departmental services.”
Given that, we’ll probably see Pemsl suspended for a few games, and we’ll probably see some sort of apology statement from him, along with a statement from head coach Fran McCaffery.
This is another bit of unfortunate news for Iowa Basketball, after an offseason in which Tyler Cook declared for the draft, Isaiah Moss transferred to greener pastures at Kansas, and Jordan Bohannon might not play at all after undergoing hip surgery. It’s also unfortunate, because Pemsl should know better. It’s not like getting an Uber or Lyft ride in Iowa City is difficult!