Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter Misses Game Due to Surgery

B.Senior Analyst IDecember 5, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 23:  Head coach Todd Lickliter of the Iowa Hawkeyes watches the action against the Texas Longhorns during the CBE Classic semifinal game on November 23, 2009 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Todd Lickliter missed Iowa's 80-51 victory against Prairie View A & M on Saturday after undergoing an unspecified medical procedure at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics earlier in the day.

After the game, a team physician met with the media and made very general comments, pleading with members of the press to leave Coach Lickliter and his family alone.

"He will be in the hospital over the next day or two. He should be able to give you more details regarding the situation over the next couple of days," explained the team physician.

It has been reported that Lickliter suffered severe migraine headaches during the team's recent tournament in Kansas City and he was reportedly hospitalized for several hours on Thanksgiving.

No information was given as to the type of procedure Lickliter underwent, or if it was related to his recent headaches.

Lickliter, 54, also missed Friday's telephone conference with reporters as the result of medical testing.  Based on the results of those tests, he was admitted into the hospital for a procedure.

The severity of the issue seems clear, though, as his red-shirt freshman son, John, did not attend Saturday's game either. 

Assistant Chad Walthall coached the team on Saturday, and will fill in if Lickliter if he is unable to attend Tuesday's game against Northern Iowa.