Q: What was your reaction today when you heard the news that Coach Lickliter would not be back at Iowa?
Cody Larson: I kind of heard rumors that it was going to happen. When it finally did, I was sad and upset for coach. I committed to play for coach. It's kind of a disappointment for me. I just feel really bad for him and his family.
Q: You said that you had heard the rumors and had an idea it might be coming. Did you prepare yourself for that since you started hearing it was a possibility?
CL: I kind of braced myself for it. There were a lot of people talking and saying it was probably going to happen. It wasn't like it was the first time I had heard it today, but it did hit home today.
Q: Have you had the opportunity to speak with Coach Lickliter or anybody on his staff?
CL: I've haven't talked to anyone. I texted back and forth with Coach Lickliter. I wished him good luck and told him I was here for him. He said thanks and the same thing back to me. That was about it. I know he had a busy day and I didn't want to take up too much of his time.
Q: Did he talk to you at all about your future at Iowa? Did he encourage you to stay with your commitment?
CL: He just said good luck, have a great future, I wish I would have had a chance to coach you. He didn't say anything about staying at Iowa or anything like that.
Q: So, what does this news mean for you?
CL: You know, as of right now I'm still a Hawkeye. I guess, just like some of the other guys, I'm just kind of waiting to see how it all plays and take it step by step. I don't want to make a decision right now, obviously. I want to think it through with my family and make the right decision when the time comes.
Q: What would have to happen for you not to come to Iowa?
CL: I don't really know how to answer that right now. I really want to be a Hawkeye. I committed to that program for the coaching staff and then I fell in love with the whole school and town. It would be hard to choose a different school, but there have to be a lot of factors that go into it. We'll see what happens. I'll talk with my family and make the right decision.
Q: Is the new coach and his style one of the factors that you're talking about?
CL: I would say so. It's who the new coach is and the coaching staff. But if I had my way, I'd still be a Hawkeye.