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Party Photos: A Timeline

By TOM WITOSKY
Register Staff Writer
04/29/2003

How the story about Larry Eustachy's behavior at parties at the University of Missouri and Kansas State University became public:

Jan. 21 - The Iowa State men's basketball team loses, 64-59, to the Tigers in Columbia. In his postgame news conference, Eustachy had described himself as "as disappointed as I've been in a long time" and criticized his players, saying: "This is the real world. Our guys have to get tougher."

 See the photos taken by a student at the party.
Jan. 23 -
A photo of Eustachy standing among six college-age students appears on Missouri fan boards.

Jan. 24 - Iowa State athletic director Bruce Van De Velde confirms the authenticity of the photo, but said it was no big deal. "He was just pausing to have his picture taken with some fans who saw him out for dinner," Van De Velde says. "Larry is the kind of coach that if you ask him for an autograph or take a picture, he will do that. He is that kind of coach, which is a good thing," he says.

Early March - Missouri student Sean Devereaux calls the Des Moines Register to say he has photos of Eustachy kissing women at the party in his apartment.

Mid-March - Devereaux mails the negatives to the Des Moines Register because he decides Eustachy's behavior was inappropriate and people in Iowa should know of his actions. The Register does not - and will not - pay for the photos.

Late March, early April - Register reporter Tom Witosky tries to locate partygoers to see if their version of the events that night matches Devereaux's version. In the process, he also learns of Eustachy's presence at a party in Manhattan, Kan., in 2002.

April 14 - The Register calls Iowa State to request an interview with athletic director Bruce Van De Velde about the photos.

April 14-18 - Before the interview takes place, Eustachy meets with Van De Velde and Iowa State president Gregory Geoffroy, expressing remorse for his actions.

April 18 - Van De Velde, in an interview, says his original statement about the coach's behavior on the night in question was based on information he received from Eustachy. He says the school won't reveal if disciplinary action is being discussed.

April 19 - The Register requests an interview with Eustachy through his legal representative, Jerry Crawford.

April 24 - Eustachy releases a statement to the Register acknowledging, "In the past, I have made some poor decisions that I regret."

April 28 - The Register publishes its report and Devereaux's photos.

In January: Iowa State coach Larry Eustachy is shown here holding a beer can at a campus party following his team's loss at Missouri on Jan. 22.


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