The rumor mill of Iowa basketball continues to swirl with names rising and dropping on a minute-by-minute basis.
Iowa fired Coach Todd Lickliter on Monday, and each day a new coach generates serious interest from Iowa fans. The latest flavor is former Iowa great B.J. Armstrong, a former NBA point guard and now a player agent. Message boards and Facebook groups have nominated Armstrong as Iowa’s next head coach like delegates at a political convention.
Armstrong, 42, served as a member of Iowa’s six-member search committee when the school hired Lickliter three years ago. He told me today he’s “too old” to get caught up in rumors and innuendo. He didn’t confirm or deny interest in the Iowa coaching position.
“At this moment I don’t have any comment about it,” said Armstrong, who ranks fourth all-time in Iowa scoring with 1,705 points. “Once I have an opportunity, a break in my schedule, I’ll reach out there to see if I can be of any help and offer my assistance. I hadn’t had an opportunity to really think about.
“It (Lickliter’s firing) happened, what, like this week? At some point, they’ll begin the (search) process. Until then I don’t have anything to say about it.”
Armstrong, a Detroit native, played 11 years in the NBA, winning three titles with the Chicago Bulls and was selected to the 1994 NBA All-Star Game. He played at Iowa from 1986 through 1989.