NCAA Basketball: Find Out Why Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery Stormed Off The Court Even After Win
During Tuesday night's game against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks, Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery stormed off the playing court, despite their win.
The scene was captured on video, and was released via Twitter by the Big Ten Network. Iowa ended up winning the game convincingly, with a final score of 84-73.
As noted in another account by Jeff Eisenberg for Yahoo! Sports, the incident happened during the final moments of the game, where one of the North Dakota's players attempted to beat the buzzer with a layup. It was during that time when McCaffery was seen "erupting in anger" and stormed off the court afterwards, showing no form of sportsmanship by customarily shaking hands with the members of the opposing team.
Eisenberg's report also noted that it was the steal of Fighting Hawks guard Corey Baldwin during the last few minutes of the game that infuriated McCaffery. There were other instances as well, when Quinton Hooker delivered a hard foul on Iowa shooting guard Peter Jok, and when Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon was also slapped with a technical foul during a deadball situation when he was tangled up with a North Dakota player.
During a post-game interview with reporters, McCaffery explained his side of the story. While he clarified that he still had utmost respect for North Dakota head coach Brian Jones and assistant coach Jeff Horner, he simply was not pleased at what had transpired during those particular moments in the game.
"We don't need Pete getting knocked to the floor," McCaffery said. "We don't need guys getting up in Jordan's face. We don't need Nicholas Baer's head getting chopped off. We don't need it. The game's over. Move on."
Eisenberg's report adds that McCaffery had already been involved in such incidents in the past. In 2012, he allegedly threw a folding chair in front of his players during a huddle. And in 2014, he was given a one-game suspension for "bumping" a referee during an argument over a no-call.
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