Todd Lickliter didn't appear to enjoy his first press conference back after his surgical procedure.
One reporter asked , "There was a posting on a message board yesterday that a few of your current players were contemplating transferring. Has any of your guys talked to you about that?"
It was bound to come up sooner or later this season, but the timing could have been a little better. Lickliter really didn't deserve being blindsided with that question right after major surgery.
Some reporters don't let major health issues get in the way of juicy rumors. And the more Iowa keeps losing games, the more the rumors will intensify.
It is no secret that during Lickliter's time in Iowa City, the attrition rate has sky-rocketed. Tyler Smith, Jake Kelly, Jeff Peterson, David Palmer, and Tony Freeman have all transferred away from the program in the last two years and most are now enjoying mild success at other schools.
No one said cleaning up after Steve Alford would be easy, but it's safe to say few pictured things the way they are now.
Alford, however, is enjoying life after Iowa, much to many Iowan's dismay. Alford's undefeated Lobo's are ranked No. 19 in the nation and appear to be headed to the NCAA tournament.
Note: typing those last two sentences was like pouring acid on my eyelids.
With the Hawkeyes off to one of the worst starts in school history this year, the transfer rumors were inevitable. They showed up a little earlier than expected, though.
Forum threads began to surface Tuesday on two of the major fan sites, Hawkeye Nation and Hawkeye Lounge, about the rumors floating around. The rumors involved as many as three Hawkeye players (Tucker, Fuller, and Brommer) transferring, with the possibility of those coming at semester's end.
Is there any truth to the current rumors?
As of now, the rumors are just that: rumors. Transfers happen at every school, especially after a coaching change. Add in a few losing seasons, and transfer talk really heats up.
Regardless of the rumors, Hawkeyes fans need to show the team and the coach support. Fans need to show this young team that Iowa is worth fighting for and sticking with.
Should the rumors prove true, then some tough questions will need to be addressed.
Are players transfering as the result of legitimate life issues or are they the result of the Lickliter program?