Woman wants player barred from game

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2001

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- A woman who contends she was raped by a West Virginia football player when he attended Notre Dame four years ago wants university officials to enforce a ban that would keep him from playing against the Irish on Saturday.

Two victims advocacy groups also want backup tailback Cooper Rego barred from the game.

Kori Pienovi, who graduated from Notre Dame in May, says Rego raped her in his dorm room Oct. 11, 1997, when she was a freshman.

No criminal charges were filed against Rego, but Pienovi said he was expelled from Notre Dame the following February after a disciplinary hearing and an appeal to the university president, the Rev. Edward A. Malloy.

''I did everything you're not supposed to do,'' Pienovi said Tuesday in a telephone interview. ''I didn't go to the hospital. I didn't have a rape kit done. I didn't tell anyone. I just kept it in.''

Pienovi said that when Rego was expelled, he was told never to return to campus.

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