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Big Ten coaches must sign Big Ten players

Posted on: March 15, 2010 4:18 pm
Edited on: March 15, 2010 4:22 pm

Iowa announced Monday that Todd Lickliter is no longer its basketball coach after just three seasons, making him the third coach to be fired less than 24 hours after Selection Sunday. What's sure to come next is a parade of people pointing to Lickliter's demise and suggesting it's proof that the "grass isn't always greener," proof that coaches should be careful about leaving their small schools the way Lickliter left Butler.

But that's a stupid thing to suggest.

Leaving Butler for a bigger job worked out fine for Thad Matta.

It'll probably work out OK someday for Brad Stevens, too.

(And it made Lickliter wealthy, if nothing else.)

In other words, leaving Butler (or any non-BCS school) for a bigger job isn't the problem. The problem is leaving Butler for a bigger job but continuing to recruit Horizon League players; that's career suicide. Horizon players are great for the Horizon. But you can't win with them in the Big Ten, and that's the biggest reason Lickliter didn't win in the Big Ten.

He didn't recruit Big Ten players.

So now he's gone.
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2010 6:59 pm

Big Ten coaches must sign Big Ten players

Its already been said.  Despite the frustrations of the past 3 years, one does have to feel compassion and sadness for Lick.  However, he just didn't fit, it just didn't work.  I wish him nothing but the best at his next position and hope he exceeds all expectations.  Best of luck Lick.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2010 6:46 pm

Big Ten coaches must sign Big Ten players

Let's put the past behind us.  Coach Licklighter is a class act, who has no reason to hang his head.  It is unfortunate he was unable to turn the Iowa program in the right direction for whatever reason.  It is time for Iowa to pay whatever it takes to recruit a coach with a proven Division I track record, who likes to play an up-temp style of game, and who can attract the best basketball athletes within the state as well as those from outside the state.  We need a coach who will immediately inspire fan interest and fill the seats.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2010 6:22 pm

Big Ten coaches must sign Big Ten players

AMEN to triaxmax's comments.  this one is hard to swallow because there is no one who didnt like lickliter the man, unlike his predessor, steve alfraud but lickliter the coach...thats a different story. we wanted him to succeed but I just dont see it getting better and most importantly either did the university of iowa. sorry to say it had to be done. we need another hayden fry type of coach. maybe we should let hayden do this hire. we need to get our iowa basketball pride back.  I miss the excitement of iowa basketball following iowa football. it hasnt existed in years

Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2010 6:14 pm

Big Ten coaches must sign Big Ten players

The saddest thing is how obvious this idea is "Big Ten coaches must sign Big Ten players."  Yet it has been so difficult for Lick to accomplish.  His 2 sons have no place with that program either.  Letting your kids coach and play for a university is only acceptable when you have proven yourself already or they are the most qualified/talented on the staff/team.  Certainly not blaming all of Iowas failures on this but just pointing it out as one of many tactical flaws Lickliter had while at IOWA.  IMO there are at most 5 players deserving of Big 10 roster spots on the current Iowa roster.  Maybe some of the current players will flourish under a different system

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2010 6:09 pm

Big Ten coaches must sign Big Ten players

Ummm...Does this mean that Butler isn't as good as we are led to believe or does it mean that Butler recruits Big Ten players right now?  They do have a decent seed in the tournament and have been ranked above many Big Ten teams all year.  Do they do well in the Big Ten if they played in that conference or are they around 9-9 or so and no tournament appearance?  Maybe Lickliter had more problems than recruiting.  He was producing teams at Butler that were considered better than some Big Ten teams.  Maybe he recruits better when he's not at Iowa.

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2010 5:33 pm

Big Ten coaches must sign Big Ten players

Couldn't agree more.  Lickliter's problem was recruiting not x's and o's.  A lot of speculation about Bruce Pearl but I think that is a wish and a prayer.  Plenty of good young coaches out there like Josh Pastor from Memphis (Lute Olson tree), Purdue assist and former Iowa player Paul Lusk or even Dr. Tom's son Keno.

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2010 5:05 pm

Big Ten coaches must sign Big Ten players

As an Iowa fan since infancy this one is hard to swallow.  Coach Lick was a great man and tried to do things right but just wasnt a good fit in Iowa City. I am not a big fan of Parrish normally but his article is spot on.  You can't recruit Horizon League players for the Big Ten. Iowa was under-sized and consistently had less athletisism than opponents.  Our loss to Texas-San Antonio was the beginning of the end for the program.  We have hit rock bottom BUT that just means we can only go up.  Lets get the right coach, then the right recruits, and start competing again.  I definately wish Lick good luck and respect  him more than Alford when he was here.  Lets get the program restored to the days under Dr. Tom...speaking of about putting the 9 iron down and coming back to IA City :)

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