His father also told me there will be no wrestle off. And if there was Marion would win. There is a reason he is a starter and national finalist. And that reason is he is the best in the room at that weight. I have heard that from several people on the team.
One more thing. Brands is not nor was he ever mad at Marion. He was seeking ways to keep Marion in the program, not ways to get rid of him for Ballweg or anyone else. Brands knows this kid is a special athlete, he is just waiting for him tk grow up.
Originally Posted by Factory51
1. As stated the verbiage used when he was removed from the team was not correct, not the first time PR people mess up.
2. Marion has had 3 incidents while at Iowa: A fight, breaking a car window in Des Moines (he paid for the window, no charges filed) and a DUI for sitting on a moped. He does have a problem with alcohol and all 3 things were done while drinking. The thing is that the school never attempted to get him any help for the drinking and that it usually the first thing they do when a student athlete has a problem. The reason he has a crack in the door to come back is due to the school realizing they have not previously given him the support to overcome his drinking problem. He has gotten help, stayed out of trouble and has been doing very well in the classroom.
3. Brands will not boot Ballweg from 141 for Marion. Marion will have to earn a spot through at the least a wrestle off.
4. Since Montell has finally gotten help and is doing well I don't have issue with him getting a last chance. Long had a last chance waiting at ISU but he did not want to clean his act up enough to take advantage of it. At least Brands (as did KJ) put in the work to help a young man try to turn his life around. Montell has done it so far while Long decided to run away from his situation. The coach I see as most deperate and concerned with winning is Sanderson who seems to be willing to grab and use a guy who had not earned his way back on the ISU team at one of PSU's two worst weights.