Fran McCaffery Next Iowa Coach?

March 28, 2010

Written by Jon Miller

The smoke signals on Sunday morning have pointed toward Fran McCaffery being the next coach of the Iowa men’s basketball team.

Here is a link from a local paper that covers Siena basketball : CLICK HERE

Andy Katz of ESPN had reported Sunday morning that Iowa really likes Dayton’s Brian Gregory, but that the Hawkeyes don’t want to wait until Dayton’s season is over, which could come as early as Tuesday night or as late as Thursday night.  It’s hard to buy that report, given we are talking about 48 or so more hours.  It just doesn’t make much sense.

However, ESPN Radio is also talking about McCaffery and Iowa being a done deal and that an announcement could come Monday.

McCaffery has had a great run at Siena, building them into a very strong mid major program; they have won the last three MAAC championships.

McCaffery spent 11 years at Notre Dame earlier in his career, so he has been an assistant on the recruiting trails at a program that has tried to compete for the best players in the nation.

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McCaffery, who is 50 years of age, would be taking over and Iowa program that will require a lot of hard work and strong recruiting work.  He has a track record of getting programs to the NCAA tournament, guiding Lehigh, UNC-Greensboro and Siena, schools from conferences that are traditionally one bid leagues.

McCaffery has reportedly turned down overtures from St. Johns and Seton Hall in recent days…

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Here is McCaffery’s bio from the Siena website:  LINK

Nothing has been announced officially as of 10:54 central time, but the smoke signals seems pretty credible right now….Fran McCaffery may become the 22nd basketball coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

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One of our readers sent me this email on March 19th, one that I overlooked as I reveived close to 125 emails on that one day alone:

“If you consider where he is from (Philadelphia, where he played) who he has worked for and coached for, (Digger Phelps) and what he has accomplished in his own head coaching career at Siena, this guy needs to have his name in the mix and be considered.  I know his family and have met Fran myself and he is a consummate professional and extremely personable, something Iowa has not had since the Tom Davis era.”

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