Montell Marion has taken another step in his bid to rejoin the Iowa wrestling program.
The suspended All-American submitted a request for reinstatement to Iowa coach Tom Brands.
“I got the request for reinstatement from Montell and I forwarded it to (Iowa athletics director) Gary Barta and (associate A.D.) Fred Mims,” Brands said Tuesday morning.
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, but Marion has remained in school and has tried to get the ban lifted.
When asked last week if there was a crack in the door for Marion’s return to the team, 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.”
Brands called it “a step-by-step process.”
“We’ve got to see (Marion’s first-semester) grades,” Brands said. “He’s done a good job in the other areas and now it’s basically up to (the administration) to make a call on it.”
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.
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.