Barta Anticipates Lickliter Return This Week

Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta spoke about recovering basketball coach Todd Lickliter on Sunday. Barta said he anticipated Lickliter's return to come this week.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Based on an interview with Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta Sunday, Todd Lickliter took another step forward. The men's coach was hospitalized a day earlier and missed his team's game.

"At the end of the day (Saturday) after the game, we announced that he was doing well," Barta said during a press conference to announce the school's bid to the Orange Bowl on Sunday. "He continues to do well. As we mentioned yesterday, in respect for his privacy, we weren't going to go into any detail. I'm pleased to say that he continues to do well."

Lickliter entered the hospital on Friday for tests, Team Physician Brian Wolf said on Saturday. The results led to the coach undergoing a procedure on Saturday morning, which kept him from the team's 80-51 victory against Prairie View A&M that afternoon.

Gary Dolphin said during the radio pre-game show on Saturday that Lickliter was home fighting with migraine headaches. There's been speculation that the coach was bothered by them between games at the CBE Tournament in Kansas City Thanksgiving week.

Joez Lickliter, Todd's wife, also was not at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, which is a rare site. The Lickliters' middle son, Garrett, a graduate assistant, and John, a redshirt freshman point guard, were absent from the arena as well on Saturday.

Wolf, in the orthopedics department at University of Iowa Hospital, said he did not perform "the surgery" on Lickliter Saturday. He said Lickliter would remain in the hospital for another day or two.

Wolf also declined to talk about any of the specifics of the procedure or when Lickliter might return. Barta followed suit on Sunday night.

"A decision hasn't been reach yet," Barta said. "Obviously, we'll announce it as soon as we know. But we do anticipate he'll be back this week, we just don't know when."

Barta was unsure if Lickliter remained hospitalized on Sunday night.

"Honestly, I don't know at this moment because I've been a little bit detained for the last four or five hours," Barta said.

Iowa improved to 3-5 after the win against Prairie View. The Hawkeyes are scheduled to play their next game at Northern Iowa on Tuesday and then at Iowa State Friday.

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