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    Marion hopes to compete again | Hawk Central

    Montell Marion remains a student at the University of Iowa.

    He would like to become a student-athlete again for the Hawkeyes.
    But nothing has changed regarding Marion’s status with the Iowa wrestling program, associate athletics director Fred Mims said Tuesday.

    “Not right now that I am aware of,” said Mims, who oversees the program. “He’s been lobbying and been doing a lot of great things that you would hope a young person would be doing on their own and he has been. He’s had some conversations with our athletics director (Gary Barta) and (Iowa coach) Tom (Brands). He’s called me once or twice and given me updates on what he’s doing, but there’s no change in status.”

    Marion, an NCAA runner-up at 141 pounds last season, was suspended from the program in May after a drunken driving arrest. Iowa officials called it a “permanent suspension” at the time.

    When asked Tuesday if there was a crack in the door for Marion’s return, Mims said: “You never want to deny a person an opportunity, but I want to say it would take something substantial to change his situation.”

    Marion compiled a 27-6 record last year as a sophomore. He has the remainder of this season plus another year left on his eligibility clock.

    Mims said in May that Iowa would support a transfer pursuant to the NCAA’s one-time transfer policy, but Marion opted instead to remain in school.

    “I guess once the semester is over he and his folks will need to make a decision with what they’re going to do,” Mims said. “I’m assuming all of this will come to a head once finals week is over. He’ll probably talk with Gary, talk with the University and see where he stands and present whatever case he has and go from there.”

    NCAA rules would allow Marion, with a release, to transfer and compete during the second semester. Marion’s father, Del, said in May that his son had no desire to leave the Hawkeyes and that Montell wanted to “correct the situation” and continue his career at Iowa.

    “I’ve noticed a lot (positive changes in him),” Mims said. “I feel for the young man because he really seems to be a different person.”

    Del Marion said his son has no intention of petitioning for an entry into Midlands Championships later this month in Evanston, Ill. He said there’s currently “no wrestling plan” in place for Montell. Del Marion said his son has been concentrating on academics and “doing the things he needs to be doing.”

    “My son has been doing outstanding,” he said. “Right now, he’s got about a B average, he’s keeping his nose clean and doing all the things I expect him to do.”

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    Thats great Montel. Kreep going you will get a second chance as do all americans.

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    As a totally unbias fan I think he deserves the right to be back on the team. He's done all the right things/turned his life around, and has shown his loyalty to UofI and the wrestling program. And...I don't know for sure but I'm fairly positive he's not called Penn St to see if they are interested in a former finalist with immediate eligibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herkey#1 View Post
    And...I don't know for sure but I'm fairly positive he's not called Penn St to see if they are interested in a former finalist with immediate eligibility.
    May not be able to beat Alton. Probably will go to Edinboro.

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    Yes because we havent heard this before about Montell. Clearly if his dad says it's true it must be!
    To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

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    It looks like he is trying to turn his life around. Why nt give him another chance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaisforlovers View Post
    Yes because we havent heard this before about Montell. Clearly if his dad says it's true it must be!

    Maybe you'll believe what Associate Athletics Director Fred Mims says,

    “I’ve noticed a lot (positive changes in him),” Mims said. “I feel for the young man because he really seems to be a different person.”
    THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON ON EARTH IS THE HUMAN SOUL ON FIRE

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    How many times do people get to turn their lives around before we realize it's a pattern?

    Sure he may be doing the right things NOW, is that enough to believe he's completely changed?
    To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaisforlovers View Post
    How many times do people get to turn their lives around before we realize it's a pattern?

    Sure he may be doing the right things NOW, is that enough to believe he's completely changed?

    Don't know, but I'll take Mims and Brands word for it since they are around him on a regular basis and I am not. Maybe you know something about the situation that I do not.
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