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    Default Dan Gable No Longer Assistant Coach at the University of Iowa

    University of Iowa Assistant Wrestling Coach Dan Gable has decided to step down from that position. The announcement came today from Head Wrestling Coach Tom Brands.

    [TheWrestlingTalk says, "Don't worry.. he didn't quit...we just wanted to tease you"]


    Brands said Gable will remain fully engaged in the day-to-day operations of Iowa’s wrestling program, but without the title or on-the-mat responsibilities that come with the title of assistant coach.

    “Dan has been my coach and my mentor. What’s important to me is that he’s going to remain involved in the Hawkeye wrestling program and will continue to play a significant role as we continue to make progress toward the goal of domination,” said Brands.

    “My assistant coach’s role was always temporary and I’m not going anywhere. I’ll be directly involved in our wrestling program as much as NCAA rules allow me to be,” said Gable.

    Gable, arguably the state of Iowa’s most successful student-athlete and coach and the architect of one of college athletics’ longest running dynasties, will return to his role as special assistant to the director of athletics effective Oct. 1. Another full-time coach will be added to the wrestling staff.

    “I’m very excited for everyone who loves the sport of wrestling and cares about wrestling at the University of Iowa and worldwide. I feel good about the direction of our program and the leadership and the young men who are involved in our program,” he continued.

    “What isn’t temporary, and what will never be temporary, is the respect and appreciation I have for Tom, his drive and determination, and the love he has for wrestling. We’re in very, very good hands and there is absolutely no doubt that we’re headed in the right direction.”

    “The wrestling team is very lucky to have two great coaching minds like Coaches Brands and Gable available every day to help make us better,” said senior Mark Perry, the defending Big Ten Conference and NCAA champion at 165 pounds.

    “I look forward to working with both of them again this year in helping our team win championships.” Perry added.

    Brands said he has no timetable for the hiring of a full-time assistant coach.

    “I have great guys around me including Coach Gable. They are all totally committed. At some point down the road, we’ll get the position filled with someone who shares my commitment to developing young student-athletes to win championships,” said Brands.

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    Heard about this two weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiltz View Post
    Heard about this two weeks ago.
    and you didn't think its representative of something to come? What would the purpose of removing your title be, if you had absolutely no intention of changing anything in your life?

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    The consensus speculation is that this frees up money to pay Schwab as an assistant coach (Wiltz, am I right on this?), while Gable still gets paid as an associate AD.

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    Ok, that makes sense, I figured it would end up being something with money, but didn't know why its even "press release worthy" if he is completely unchanged aside from the title... heh

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    Gable will still be asst. Athletic Director in charge of wrestling. He will be at almost every practice he just won't travel with the team. That way he can spend more time with his family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiltz View Post
    Gable will still be asst. Athletic Director in charge of wrestling. He will be at almost every practice he just won't travel with the team. That way he can spend more time with his family.
    See, now you coulda just said that, instead of making me look like a dope... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schlottke View Post
    See, now you coulda just said that, instead of making me look like a dope... lol
    Sorry about that. Next time i will make sure you don't look like a dope.lol

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    I for one still can't believe that someone would leave a program (V-Tech) with the title of head coach to come to Iowa to be the pawn coach. Its just so assanine. Does anyone else not feel this way.

    I actually think very little of Brands for not standing up and saying "my program, my kids, my way"...I can't help but think that if he and Gable are trying to speak at the same time that he is going to give in to Gable or that the kids are going to turn and listen to Gable.

    I may be out of line here but if I was a manager I would sure hate for someone to be over my shoulder like that.
    "Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until they speak."

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