The Lickliter Watch: Saturday's Word Part II

Hawkeye Insider keeps our members up to date on what's happening with the Todd Lickliter story.

In case you've been in a hole or out of the country, as a Hawkeye Insider you learned that something is going on in the Iowa basketball program. The rumor mill started churning on Thursday that Coach Todd Lickliter would not be retained.

It's the hot story in Hawkeye Land and HI.com will continue to follow it. I will try to provide what I hear on the topic each day. Here's what I heard through Saturday evening:

IOWA CITY, Ia. - I'm back for a second installment of The Lickliter Watch for Saturday. We finish up the first day of the weekend with a couple of quick hitters:

-I listened to a great interview with former Hawkeye Kenyon Murray on Saturday morning. He stated on The Sports Buddies Show for KCJJ AM-1630 that Lickliter might have been asked by Barta to make a change on his staff. It sounded more like he knew something than that he was speculating.

I just couldn't see Lickliter agreeing to cut loose one of his assistants. That certainly would create friction with the AD going forward.

-I've spoken to a few sources this week - and actually throughout the season - about Tennessee's Bruce Pearl being willing to listen to Iowa as he did when it hired Todd Lickliter three years ago. At that time, he was going through a divorce. His personal life has stabilized.

Pearl's ex-wife still runs a business in Knoxville. He might find things a little less tense with a return to the Midwest.

Pearl will come with a hefty price tag. In addition, he would be walking away from the nation's fifth best recruiting class for 2010.

Vols Assistants Steve Forbes, a native of Lone Tree, and John Shay, who played for the Hawkeyes under Tom Davis, have ties to Iowa.

I'll talk tomorrow about some other coaches I'm hearing might have interest if there was an Iowa opening.

-Members of the Class of 2010 still haven't heard anything from Iowa reps on what's happening. It's making them all anxious.

Devyn Marble tweeted today that he won't be talking about it with the media until he knows more and has more time to think about it. Ben Brust was meeting with his AAU coach today to see if he could find out more about what was happening with the Hawkeyes.

-I've also heard that current players still have not been told about the status of their coaches. Some of them have left or are leaving town for spring break this week. Matt Gatens has been in Des Moines at the boys state tournament.

-Some of the sources I was in contact with on Friday weren't reachable on Saturday. That could have been because it's the weekend and the university started spring break today. It also could have meant that the program and athletics department are tightening things up after a pretty free flow of information the last two days.

I'll return on Sunday with more on this story. I'll also be having breakfast with the family, who I haven't seen this week.


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