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Paine Working Hard to Rejoin Hawkeyes

Paine Working Hard to Rejoin Hawkeyes

DeMarco Paine waited his whole life to play major college football only to have the rug pulled out from under him last November. He was forced to leave Iowa and attend junior college, but the wide receiver has every intention of returning to the Hawkeyes. Senior Writer Rob Howe spoke with Paine and filed this feature story.

The news hit DeMarco Paine hard. After putting in months of hard work and sweat, he would not see the fruits of his labor. The NCAA Clearinghouse informed Paine that his true freshman season was over at Iowa, something it had found in his high school transcript. The call came in late November as the Hawkeyes were preparing for a trip to Tampa for the Outback Bowl. "It was hard," Paine said. "I...

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