If you didn’t see the college basketball highlight of the night, at Sunday’s Iowa-Wisconsin game, you can Google “Fran McCaffery meltdown.”
That won’t be enough, though. Which one?
Big Ten hoops aficionados probably knew this, but the uninitiated had to be surprised that Sunday’s rampage – when he bumped an official, got ejected, and had to be chased across the court by an assistant to be restrained – was only the most recent:
There was this chair slam, right at the feet of his players, two years ago.
And just a month before that, multiple technical fouls that cost his team a game, plus a refusal to discuss it afterward.
Today—finally—the school has spoken. Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said that McCaffery “crossed a line of acceptable behavior.” But, of course, he put full support behind his coach, who in a statement apologized for his tirade.
It’s this style of leadership that helps teach the next generation the value of poise, composure and maturity. Good luck, Iowa players … in learning that from somebody else besides your coach.