For the second time in a little over three years, the University of Iowa is looking for a new head basketball coach.
The Lickliter era has come to an end, and it will be remembered by most Hawkeye fans as the worst stretch of basketball in the history of the university.
The 22-loss total was the worst ever recorded by the men's basketball program, as was Lickliter's overall win percentage while at Iowa (.396)
Hours after he was fired as head coach, the job posting joined the several other open basketball coaching positions on the NCAA website.
Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said the next coach likely will have head-coaching experience, which the job posting also hints towards:
"NCAA Division I head coaching experience, and a minimum of five years successful intercollegiate coaching (or an equivalent amount of similar experience coaching and scouting men's professional basketball)."
Not surprising, fans are eager to help out in the selection process. Lickliter wasn't officially out of office more than a couple of minutes before fan pages started popping up all over Facebook promoting potential candidates for replacement.
Several names keep popping up in blog posts and message board threads. Some candidates seem very far-fetched, some fairly logical.
Whomever is selected, the next coach at Iowa will need to be able to multi-task. Not only will they have to rebuild a program from scratch, they will also have to convince players and recruits to stick around and buy into that program.
The next coach will also have to re-energize a fanbase almost completely removed from attachment to the once great program.
Is anyone up for a challenge?