March 16, 2010

Larson sticking with the Hawks?

When Cody Larson heard the news today that Coach Todd Lickliter would not be back, the 2010 signee felt quite a bit of disappointment because he had build a strong relationship with the Iowa coaching staff, who will now not be given the change to coach him at Iowa.

"It was really disappointing," Larson said. "I had a really good relationship with the coaches and they were the reason I wanted to go to Iowa. When I visited there I enjoyed the coaches and the campus."

The 6-foot-9 big man from South Dakota committed early on in the recruiting process and was sad to hear the news, but also received words of encouragement from one of the assistant coaches today.

"When I heard the news today about Coach Lickliter I was really disappointed," he said. "Coach Walthall called me today and encouraged me to wait and see who they bring in, be patient, and wait to see how things turn out."

Larson and the three other signees in 2010 have already developed a close friendship and as the rumors surfaced late last week, they formed their own support group to get through this difficult time.

"We have all been talking and we want to wait to see how it all plays out. None of us want to make any quick decisions. We will all continue to stay in contact and see how it goes."

While Larson is disappointed in the decision made on Monday to let Coach Lickliter go, he hopes to still be a Hawkeye next fall.

"I am a Hawkeye now," he said. "I don't want to make a change if I don't have to make a change. I just have to wait and talk to my family about any decision I might make."

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