Iowa coach, Fran McCaffery, and his son, goalkeeper Connor McCaffery, both received technical touchdowns towards the end of the 90-70 loss of 22 Hawkeyes against the Ohio State in Columbus Tuesday. After the match, according to the Toledo Blade, Fran McCaffery shouted insults to referee Steve McJunkins while he was chasing him down a hallway of the arena.
When questioned at the post-game press conference about what he had said to the official, McCaffery arrested the reporter and said, "I can not talk about it."
While there was only 4:08 left in the match and the Hawkeyes led 78-67, Connor McCaffery was summoned for a foul on Keyshawn Woods from the Ohio State. McCaffery and Woods, who had the ball, made contact, and McCaffery was found on the ground. A few games earlier, McCaffery had received an offensive call on the other end of the field.
Connor McCaffery appeared to protest after the second call and was called for a technique, the first technique of his career.
Fran McCaffery, questioned about the technical details relating to his post-match son, said that he had asked Connor what had happened. "I can not … I'd like, I can not," he told the reporter, shaking his head.
Less than a minute after the death of his son, Fran McCaffery was also called for a technical intervention. He came after Iowa Nicholas Baer did a layup and the Hawkeyes narrowed the gap to 82-69. McCaffery was called when he appeared to be approaching the court to talk to a manager.
This is not the first time that problems with officials are a family affair for McCaffery. In February 2006, Fran McCaffery, then coach of Siena, was expelled from a match for the first time in his career. His wife, Margaret, was then expelled from the match after a tirade against officials.