OT: Fran McCaffery (Iowa BB coach) just slammed a chair onto the floor at Breslin (now with video)

Submitted by gebe659 on January 10th, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Wow.  Haven't seen a crazy display like this from a coach in a long time.

One of MSU's players--I think Thornton--was fighting for position with Basabe (Iowa player) and McCaffery, being frustrated (down by 28 with 11 minutes to go), started yelling at the refs. He got T'ed up and then he went over to his team to start yelling at them, and during the yelling he slammed a chair onto the floor of the Breslin Center.


Finally got a video.




January 10th, 2012 at 8:41 PM ^

Sometimes coaches try to fire up their team by getting a technical.  Didn't quite work out that way.  MSU was leading by 28 with 11 minutes to go, now they're up by 41 with 7 minutes to go.


January 10th, 2012 at 8:54 PM ^

He took the Michigan Bar (which is administered on the floor of the Breslin Center), and just found out he failed and wanted to take out his frustrations on the testing site.


January 10th, 2012 at 9:10 PM ^

It was a nice powerbomb type chair slam...personally i would have liked to see a slam with a little throwing mixed in. None the less a solid display from Fran.


January 10th, 2012 at 9:26 PM ^

I fell asleep on the couch during halftime and woke up with like 7:00 left in the game.  Anxiously awaiting the YouTubeage. (Tubage?)


January 10th, 2012 at 10:12 PM ^

"I regret my actions earlier this evening on the floor of the Breslin Center. As a head coach representing the Big Ten, the University of Iowa and these fine young men, students who work hard and are proud to call themselves Hawkeyes, I must hold myself to a higher standard. You can be sure that in the future I will find more constructive ways to educate and fire-up our players.

Thank you for your support and the opportunity to be your coach. I look forward to our matchup with the University of Michigan Wolverines. They're a talented squad and we have our work cut out for us. Go Hawkeyes!"


January 10th, 2012 at 11:09 PM ^

I was there,  on 3 straight possessions an MSU player ended up riding an Iowa player like a donkey twice with no call and the third trip was a clear foul audible from my seat not called on MSU.


Fran spent a couple moments talking to the ref on the sideline and he said the magic words which got him a 'T'.  He then stormed on the court along with his 2 other assistants to berate the other official.  I was pretty surprised Iowa didn't get a second.


In the huddle he simply blasted into his team because they flat out weren't competing out there at all.  I'm also pretty sure the chair left a dent in Sparty's nice shiny floor.


January 11th, 2012 at 9:12 AM ^

this was needed about 20 minutes earlier in the game.  Pretty pointless trying to fire his team up with the clock winding down and his team down by a kajillion points.


January 11th, 2012 at 10:55 AM ^

Aww, that was nothing, I was expecting a full over the head slam down pro wrestling style, he basically picked up a chair and put it down really hard.