Suspended Guard Anthony Tucker Will Return to Iowa Hawkeyes

B.Senior Analyst IJanuary 2, 2010

Iowa coach Todd Lickliter said Thursday that his second-leading scorer, Anthony Tucker, will rejoin the team. 

What he didn't say was when.

"I anticipate him back," Lickliter told reporters. "I just don’t have a timeline."

Tucker was arrested for public intoxication in Iowa City in the early morning hours of Dec. 20 when Police responded to a 911 call at an apartment complex.  On Monday, Tucker pleaded guilty to the charge on Monday and a paid $195 fine.

He also faces discipline from the university.  The sophomore faces an alcohol assessment, and 30 hours of community service, according to the school’s student-athlete code of conduct.

This is not the first time Tucker has been in trouble with the law. Last December, he faced a similar charge after he was found passed out in the alley behind a bar in Iowa City in the dead of winter.

He was subsequently suspended from the team for several games.

Tucker played in just 14 games last season, missing time after his suspension because of an illness and academically ineligible for the second semester.

He was averaging almost 12 points a game before the incident, and was leading the Hawkeyes with 30 3-pointers on the season.

"He's eligible to come back to school, and it looks like that's what's going to happen.  Then we're going to evaluate and move forward as we can. There will obviously be some criteria for him to become re-established."

The second semester at Iowa begins Jan. 19. The Hawkeyes have five games before then, with their next game against Minnesota Golden Gophers on Jan. 2. 

"I'm going to make sure I cover everything according to the institution, the department and all," Lickliter said. "You obviously have to follow the protocol of the institution."

The Hawkeyes are 1-1 since Tucker's suspension.

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