Iowa's Lickliter Released from Hospital After Surgery

B.Senior Analyst IDecember 9, 2009

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 17:  Head coach Todd Lickliter of the Butler Bulldog looks on from the sidelines against the Maryland Terrapin during round two of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at HSBC Arena on March 17, 2007 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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Iowa men's basketball coach Todd Lickliter was released from University of Iowa Hospital on Tuesday, three days after being hospitalized to repair a tear in his carotid artery.

Coach Lickliter, 54, underwent a medical procedure to have a stent inserted last Saturday before Iowa's home game.ย 

The recovery from surgery will prevent him from coaching at least through the end of this week. His wife and sons have been with him during his recovery.

Lickliter made comments Tuesday night on the Hawkeye Sports Network before Iowa's game against Northern Iowa. It is the first time he has made public comments since his procedure.

"I was having headaches when we were in Kansas City," Lickliter said in a radio interview. "It turned out to be the beginning of a tear in carotid artery."

The internal carotid artery is a major artery in the head and neck that helps supply blood to the brain.

The cause of the tear is still unknown. Stress could be a contributing factor.ย 

Spontaneous carotid artery tears have been known to cause strokes in middle-aged men.

The procedure has forced Lickliter to miss two games already, and it's very doubtful he will return to coaching for Friday's game in Ames against the Iowa State Cyclones.

Iowa's assistant coach, Chad Walthall, has filled in as head coach. Walthall led the Hawkeyes to a win over Prairie View A&M, but lost to Northern Iowa on the road.

The Hawkeyes are 1-1 in Lickliter's absence.

UPDATE: Coach Lickliter hopes to receive medical clearance to return to the bench next week.ย  He will miss his third game when the Iowa plays Iowa State on Friday. The Hawkeyes then have a week off for semester exams before returning to action against Drake on Dec. 19.


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