Before today I had never heard of a basketball coach named Fran. Then this morning, not only had I never heard of a coach named Fran, but I learned he is going to be hired as the head basketball coach at the University of Iowa.
You kidding me? Who? Fran McCaffery? It gets better too. His wife Margarete has been ejected from games along with her husband for arguing with officials.
So we got a dude named Fran and his wife gets ejected from games for yelling in the crowd. Sweet.
I was about ready to sever all emotional ties and investment from Iowa basketball and jump off a building before I learned that his nickname was “White Magic” back during his days ballin’ in college playing the point at Wake Forest and Penn.
That’s more like it. I can put up with the fact that his name is Fran, his wife gets ejected from the stands, and he looks like a science teacher — I’ll put up with that if the dude’s nickname was White Magic.
I’ll take White Magic for a coach’s nickname all day. Now he just needs to bring a little of that magic to Iowa basketball — a program that has been magic-less for quite some time. Iowa has not won an NCAA Tournament game since 2001 when it defeated Creighton in the first round, only to get worked by Kentucky 92-79 in the second round. Mr. Magic has won two in the last three years while at Siena.
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