Gannon Hush on Coker

A report last week pointed to Gannon University as being a potential landing spot for former Iowa Running back Marcus Coker. It's not a done deal.

Gannon University Running Backs Coach Mike Smith wouldn't mind adding another horse to his stable, especially if that athlete already is a proven commodity on the BCS level.

Former Iowa tailback Marcus Coker would fit that mold. The quarterback at Gannon, Daniel Tapscott, is friends with the transferring Hawkeye having played with him at DeMatha High in the Baltimore area.

"I can't comment on it because it's a university policy, but a player like (Coker) at the Division II level is a no-brainer," Smith said. "I can't comment much, but I know he has some things he needs to work out. It's an up and down situation for him."

Smith said he thinks Coker's issues will be resolved soon.

"I hope they will be for the his sake," Smith said. "We'll have to see what happens."

Smith said that Coker is not enrolled at Gannon.

Tapscott told the Iowa City Press-Citizen last week that he had spoken to Coker about Gannon.

"He was asking me if (Gannon) was a good program, so I told him about it," Tapscott told the paper. "It would be nice to have him around."

Coker would be eligible to play this fall at Gannon. If he transferred to another FBS school, he would be required to sit out a season per NCAA rules. He also retains a redshirt year.

Coker announced he was leaving Iowa last week. He still was under suspension at that time for what the university said was a violation of the student conduct code. That began on Dec. 22 and caused him to miss the Insight Bowl.

The Press-Citizen was the first to report that Coker had been the subject of an assault investigation. The paper quoted an Iowa City police officer saying that prosecution was not pursued and that the victim did not want to prosecute.

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