Posted on: October 31, 2010 12:09 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2010 12:10 pm

Iowa admits violations involving Kutcher, Moore

Iowa has acknowledged recruiting violations to the NCAA that involve basketball prospects improperly meeting with representatives of the school's athletic interests last month, among them Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher and his wife Demi Moore, The Des Moine Register reported Sunday.

According to the report, multiple prospects -- including Class of  2011 standouts Josh Oglesby and Marcus Paige -- met with former Iowa players Reggie Evans and Dean Oliver after a pick-up game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sept. 11, then met Kutcher and Moore in a suite at the football stadium later that day during the Hawkeyes' 35-7 win over Iowa State. Iowa has acknowledged that Evans, Oliver and Kutcher -- the last of whom is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- are considered representatives of Hawkeye athletic interests. Mark Abbott, a senior associate athletic director at Iowa, told the paper that the school is awaiting the NCAA's response to its internal investigation.

Oglesby has verbally committed to Iowa since that visit.

Paige remains uncommitted.

"The university is remorseful that these violations occurred," Fred Mims, an associate athletic director at Iowa, wrote in a letter to the NCAA dated Oct. 1. "We believe they were the result of sloppy management by our basketball staff."

(Click this link to read the rest of the story in The Des Moine Register.)

Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:52 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2010 1:55 pm

Iowa's Fuller transferring to USC

Iowa sophomore Aaron Fuller is transferring to Southern California, a source told CBSSports.com on Saturday.

Fuller averaged 9.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this season for the Hawkeyes.

He opted to leave the program after Todd Lickliter was fired.

Fuller must miss next season per NCAA transfer rules. The 6-foot-6 forward will be eligible to play for the Trojans in 2011-12. He'll have two years of eligibility remaining.
Posted on: March 28, 2010 12:05 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2010 12:10 pm

Siena's McCaffery headed to Iowa

Siena coach Fran McCaffery has accepted an offer to be Iowa's coach, according to the Albany Times Union.

A formal announcement is expected Monday.

McCaffery spent five years at Siena and led the Saints to each of the past three NCAA tournaments. The 50-year-old Philadelphia native was also a candidate at St. John's and Seton Hall. He replaces Todd Lickliter, who was fired after three seasons.

Iowa finished 4-14 in the Big Ten this season.

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

Big Ten coaches must sign Big Ten players

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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