IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two University of Iowa officials were fired Tuesday after being faulted for their response to an alleged sexual assault involving two former football players.

University spokesman Steve Parrott said Phillip Jones and Marcus Mills were fired by school president Sally Mason one day after rejecting her offer for resignations.

The firings come two days before Mason is scheduled to meet with the Iowa Board of Regents to discuss the university's response to the incident last October. The Regents are expected to discuss any possible penalties it will impose on Iowa on Thursday.

Parrott said he didn't know if the firings would lessen potential penalties against the university.