April 20, 2007

Tyler Smith is heading home

Pulaski, Tennessee native Tyler Smith says he does not want to look back on things with any regrets in life particularly when it comes to his family and as a result the third team All-Big Ten selection from Iowa is heading home.

"I spoke with coach Lickliter this morning from a personal standpoint and not a basketball standpoint about my situation," Smith said. "I explained to him about my father's health and my wishes to be closer to him. Coach Lickliter was totally understanding. He said his father was ill at one point and he knew how it was. He gave me my release and said he would help me anyway he could. It speaks a lot about the kind of person he is. You could tell from the first day he got to Iowa that he and his staff are genuine people and I am grateful to him."


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