After Iowa closed the regular season with a win over Wisconsin on Sunday, Athletic Director Gary Barta announced that Luka Garza’s jersey would be retired after this season. “Garzilla” is the all time leading scorer in program history and the only Hawkeye to ever be named National Player Of The Year.
After that announcement was made former Hawkeye standout Roy Deyvn Marble lashed out on Twitter. He tweeted that he would never watch another Hawkeye game. The Marble family feels disrespected that Roy Marble’s jersey has not been retired by the University.
The elder Marble was the program’s leading scorer until Garza broke the record. Marble led Iowa to its only 30 win season and the Elite 8 in 1987 and Sweet Sixteen in 1988. He’s considered by many to be the greatest player in Iowa program history.
Iowa AD Gary Barta responded and said the disrespect the Marble family feels was completely unintentional and he publicly apologized. Barta then stated that Marble doesn’t meet the criteria for having his jersey retired. He would not elaborate on what that criteria was.
Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery coached Roy Devyn Marble at Iowa and reached out to the family. Coach stated that he felt it was important to reach out. He said “our conversations have been very positive and they will remain so as we move forward to honor Roy the way that he should be.”
(Photo of Roy Devyn Marble courtesy of DraftExpress.com )