Iowa City, Ia. – Todd Lickliter indicated on Monday that he anticipates the return to the program of suspended guard Anthony Tucker. The Iowa coach did not have a timeline for when the sophomore would be back with the team.
Tucker was arrested for publix intoxication in the early hours of Dec. 20, about seven hours after the Hawkeyes defeated Drake, 71-67. It represented his second arrest on the charge in about a year.
Tucker originally pleaded not quilty to the most recent charge. On Monday, he switched the plea to guilty.
“We’ve talked. I’ve talked to his family,” Lickliter said. “He’s not back (in Iowa City) at this point. We’re still working through and evaluating; making sure we make the right moves. I anticipate him back. I just don’t have a timeline right now.”
Lickliter said that he is still waiting for the athletic department to handle Tucker’s case. There will be counseling and other requirements.
“I’m still waiting on all the particulars of that because of when it happened and what’s going on and everything,” Lickliter said. “I’m going to make sure I cover everything according to the institution, the department. Then, basically what you would do as a coach is decide whether you’re going to add onto that.
“You obviously have to handle the protocol of your institution. That’s what we’ll do initially and see where we’re at at that point.”
Lickliter said that Tucker has not indicated to him that he would like to leave the program.