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Montell Marion Permanently Dismissed From Iowa Wrestling Program

Well, that didn't take long. Just one day after a DUI stemming from a very ill-advised right-hand turn landed him on suspension, Montell Marion has been "permanently suspended" from the UI wrestling team.

In a release, Iowa associate athletics director Fred Mims said, "Due to Montell’s recent and previous violations of our student-athlete code of conduct, we have no choice at this point but to remove him from the Iowa wrestling program."

Mims also said in the statement that if Marion wishes to transfer to another NCAA institution, the university athletics department would support a transfer "pursuant to the NCAA’s one-time transfer policy."

This is obviously rough news for the program; Marion was expected to be one of the cornerstones of next year's rebuilding Hawkeye program, and now there's nobody returning at 141--the other two heads of the 141 Cerberus, Dan LeClere and Joe Slaton, are both graduating.

There is, however, one way for Marion to make it back in the program's good graces; it's not as if Marion would be the first wrestler ever to come back from a permanent dismissal. Will we be seeing this in Iowa City soon?

What? It had been hours since we'd made a gratuitous WWE reference. We were clearly overdue.