January 13, 2012

Iowa Coach Unapologetic After Sideline Tirade: Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery said he has "no regrets" about his technical foul and chair-slamming bench tirade at his players during Tuesday's 95-61 loss to Michigan State. "I was brought in here to change the culture," he said. "I'm going to coach with passion and my players know that. ... Nobody knows what we're discussing during that timeout except for me and the players." Matt Norlander of CBS Sports, who calls McCaffery a "pleasant" interview even after a loss, criticized the tirade and non-apology: "McCaffery won't get to a Final Four so long as he's acting like a 9-year-old who just got told he can't have a dessert that was promised to him."

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:48 AM - 2 comments

If he wants the Texas Tech job that badly, he really shouldn't have used a folding chair, and the chair should have traveled a good 50 feet or so.

Ironically, as a collegiate player, McCaffery just missed being part of a much earlier historic humbling courtesy of Michigan State.

McCaffery transferred to Penn in 1979, just a few months after the Quakers made the Final Four and found themselves facing ... Magic Johnson and Co.

What Johnson, Kelser and the rest of the MSU team did to that Penn squad was utterly breathtaking. I had never seen anything like it.

Perhaps McCaffery has harbored latent Spartan-related anger management issues through the years that are just now coming to the surface.

Or perhaps he should have been in a Quaker uniform for the Final Four dismantling, which might have helped give him a bit of added perspective and a more balanced approach to the game.

posted by beaverboard at 01:01 PM on January 13, 2012

Throwing things in anger never looks cool. That chair should press charges.

posted by rcade at 06:03 PM on January 13, 2012

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