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Chris Paul, Clippers host Patrick McCaffery

Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers play at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. One might ask what that has to do with the Big Ten, and he or she would be right. Thanks to Paul, though, there’s an important Iowa angle to the event. [ MORE: Read Clippers.com story | View Clippers.com pictures ] You see, Patrick McCaffery, the 14-year-old son of Fran McCaffery who recently had surgery to remove a thyroid tumor, is a big Paul fan. Three weeks after Patrick and family learned the tumor was malignant, the NBA superstar and Clippers hosted the McCafferys before

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Mailbag: Your tourney, spring football queries

There is a lot going on in the world of Big Ten sports. And, my email inbox reflects that. So, let me get to some of your most pressing queries as March is about to melt into April. Can you believe it? [ MORE: Badgers dominant in win over Baylor | Big Ten Greeks: Badgers in the zone ] I am very happy to have Maryland and Rutgers join the Big Ten. But will they be able to compete? – Ryan Eaton I think Maryland basketball has a chance to compete right away. And the football program should too, as

Photo: Iowa women put 'Team Pat' on shoes for NCAA play

The Iowa women’s basketball team wants Fran McCaffery’s son Patrick, 14, to know they’re thinking of him during his tough time. So, the Hawkeyes affixed “Team Pat” stickers to their flashy gold shoes for Sunday night’s NCAA tourney opener to support the younger McCaffery, who had a thyroid tumor removed last week that was malignant. [ MORE: Dienhart: McCaffery news hit us all hard ] Talk about a classy gesture. Well done, Hawkeyes! The team looked good on the court, too, downing Marist, 87-65, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. In my office a few hours before our NCAA tip, feeling blessed. Team

Dienhart: McCaffery news hits us all hard

I closed my eyes and said a prayer. It’s all I could think to do when I read Fran McCaffery’s statement from Iowa: “Today, we received word from doctors that the tumor that was removed during our son Patrick’s surgery on Wednesday is malignant. We will visit with doctors as soon as possible to determine Patrick’s treatment. “Margaret and I would like to thank everyone again for the outpouring of support from across the country for our son Patrick and family this past week. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers.” This news hit all of us hard. Patrick, the son

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Twitter: See tweets in support of #teampat

Fran McCaffery’s son, Patrick, 13, underwent surgery to remove a thyroid tumor Wednesday morning, and the coach said the surgery “went as planned.” After the surgery, McCaffery headed to Dayton, Ohio, for Iowa’s first NCAA tourney game since 2006. The Twitter world showed incredible support for Patrick, to the point that #teampat was trending nationally, and here is a (large) sampling of some of our favorite tweets. [ MORE: Tennessee fan board shows support for #teampat ] McCaffery released this statement early Wednesday afternoon: “Today’s surgery for my son Patrick went as planned. Doctors will continue tests in the coming

Fran McCaffery returns to Dayton after son's surgery

(AP) Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says his son’s surgery to remove a thyroid tumor went as planned and he was flying back from Iowa City to Dayton to coach the Hawkeyes in the NCAA tournament on Wednesday night. [ MORE: See the remarkable Twitter support for Patrick McCaffery ] McCaffery says his son Patrick, who turns 14 on Thursday, was in “good spirits” after the operation. Doctors will continue with tests in the coming days to determine further treatment. McCaffery flew with the Hawkeyes to Dayton on Monday to prepare for their First Four matchup with fellow No. 11 seed

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Fran McCaffery juggles coach, father duties

Fran McCaffery has a lot more on his mind than Iowa’s first NCAA tourney game since 2006. The Hawkeyes open the NCAA tourney Wednesday night vs. Tennessee, but, in the hours leading up to tip, McCaffery will have traveled to Dayton, Ohio, back to Iowa City, and to Dayton again. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Sometimes, father duties call, and that’s exactly the case for McCaffery, whose son, Patrick, 13, is having surgery Wednesday to remove a thyroid tumor, just hours before Iowa’s first-round game. McCaffery, however, has worked out a schedule to allow himself to

Iowa to wear shirts in support of Fran McCaffery's son

The Iowa Hawkeyes will be wearing pregame shooting shirts with “P-Mac” printed across the front in honor of head coach Frank McCaffery’s son, Patrick, who was recently diagnosed with a thyroid tumor. McCaffery said that the tumor was discovered last week and that a surgery has been scheduled for next week. It has not yet been determined if the tumor is cancerous. On the back of the shirt, #teampat is written across the name plate with the No. 22. Roy Devyn Marble stretches pregame, wearing special #teampat t-Shirt to lift spirits of Fran McCaffery's son. #classy A photo posted by

Tom Izzo

Survey: Which Big Ten coach 'works' the refs the best?

“Working” officials is an art form. Some coaches are masters at knowing just the right buttons to push over the course of a game to the point where—Who knows?—maybe they can get a key call in their favor. I asked several media members who cover the Big Ten which coach they felt was best at “working” officials. [ MORE: Review and Preview: Michigan fixes eyes on a Big Ten title ] Jeff Washburn, Boiler Sports Report/Scout.com: Bo Ryan is the most demonstrative and theatrical, but Tom Izzo seems to produce results that would make Perry Mason smile. Kevin Noon, BuckeyeGrove.com:

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13,343,517.33 reasons to smile. Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make this possible! pic.twitter.com/3OIynfWWye — PSU Dance Marathon (@THON) February 23, 2014 Congratulations to everyone at Penn State for making THON 2014 another remarkable event! Grapes developed at the University of Minnesota have created more than $400 million of economic impact and led to the creation more than 12,000 jobs. Students at Indiana University are providing free tax assistance to low-income, elderly, disabled and limited-English-speaking residents. The School of Civil Engineering at Purdue recently received a $15 million gift. A National Science Foundation Award was recently given to an assistant professor at the University