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We asked a few Big Ten writers for Coach of the Year picks

Who is your choice for Big Ten Coach of the Year? Fran McCaffery? Tom Crean? Greg Gard? Lots of good options. I asked several people who cover the league for their choice as the season is about to draw to a close. Chad Leistikow, Des Moines Register: Right now I’ve got Iowa’s Fran McCaffery with a slight lead, but he’s got to show he can finish off what the Hawkeyes have started. I think McCaffery’s case is helped by the unwarranted low expectations placed on Iowa to start the season (picked ninth in the league by a BTN panel, which

Audio: Big Ten men's coaches talk before final week of the season

Each Monday morning during the Big Ten men’s basketball season, the 14 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here, and we do this every Monday afternoon. Listen to all 14 @B1GMBBall coaches on today's teleconference. #MarchOnBTN — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 2, 2015  

Video: Fran McCaffery addresses Adam Woodbury's eye poking

For the second time in three weeks, Fran McCaffery is having to address questions about Iowa big man Adam Woodbury poking an opponent in the eye. Editor’s note: McCaffery addressed the topic again on Monday’s weekly teleconference, and his more detailed remarks can be found at the bottom of this post. In the first half of Sunday’s 71-55 win over No. 16 Maryland, Woodbury drew a Flagrant 1 for poking Melo Trimble in the right eye. Trimble, who was driving the lane, immediately dropped the ball and stayed on Maryland’s side of the court as play continued. Iowa scored a

Fran McCaffery spikes water bottle; Iowa SID tweets funny update

It’s easy to like Twitter, and we were reminded of that fact late in Iowa’s victory over Nebraska on Monday night. In the closing minutes of the Hawkeyes’ 70-59 win, BTN cameras caught Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery just a little irritated, to the point that he spiked an empty water bottle at the scorer’s table. The bottle was thrown in the direction of Iowa SID Matt Weitzel, who didn’t have much of a reaction. “Poor Matt, the SID, right there behind getting the brunt of Fran’s frustrations,” BTN commentator Jim Jackson said. “He didn’t even flinch.” Unfazed, and knowing

Iowa, Fran McCaffery agree to one-year contract extension

Fran McCaffery isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Iowa Director of Athletic Gary Barta announced McCaffery has signed a one-year extension to his current contract. McCaffery is now signed through the 2019-2020 season. “Fran’s passion, commitment, and abilities, continue to move the Hawkeyes in the right direction,” Barta said. “I’m excited about this season and beyond.” McCaffery has guided the Hawkeyes to three consecutive postseason tournaments (two NIT and one NCAA), and posted back-to-back 20-win and upper-division finishes in the Big Ten. “I am grateful to Gary Barta and President Sally Mason for their continued support,”McCaffery said. “It is a great

Iowa's Fran McCaffery gives us an update on son Patrick

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery gave an update on his 14-year-old son, Patrick who had surgery to remove a tumor on his thyroid March 19. Two days later, doctors determined the tumor was malignant. Patrick had a second surgery on April 17. But, all is well now. “He’s doing very well,” said McCaffery. “It’s obviously been an interesting journey, difficult at times. The outpouring of support has been absolutely phenomenal. I would say getting closer to being back to as normal as he can possibly be in light of what he went through. But I think in situations like this, we

Fran McCaffery says son Patrick, 14, is doing 'very well'

Here’s news every Big Ten fan can enjoy: Fran McCaffery recently said his son, Patrick, 14, who had surgery March 19 to remove a thyroid tumor that turned out to be malignant, had a second scan that showed no further cancer. [ MORE: Hawkeyes wear P-Mac shooting shirts ] “Last Friday was one of the best days of my life,” McCaffery said, in reference to learning Patrick’s second scan was clear, in the video above (go to the 40-second mark). McCaffery, who spoke at the Dick Vitale Golf and Gala at the Riverside Golf and Country Club in Riverside, Iowa,

Three B1G coaches on ESPN 'Top 50 coaches: 50-25'

Who are the top current coaches throughout college basketball? Our friends over at ESPN are working on a series, listing the top 50 coaches in the nation. Three Big Ten coaches appear in the first installment, which ranks Nos. 25-50: Minnesota’s Richard Pitino, No. 49; Iowa’s Fran McCaffery, No. 33; and Nebraska’s Tim Miles, No. 32. Check out the complete list here. [ MORE: Top 10 NBA Draft steals in Big Ten history ] No. 49: Richard Pitino, Minnesota ESPN on Pitino: “Someone made an impression in his first Big Ten season, huh? Richard Pitino, all of 31 years old,

Fran McCaffery sounds off on Gavitt Tipoff Games

BTN’s Dave Revsine caught up with Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery on Monday and asked him about his thoughts on the Big Ten and Big East officially announcing the establishment of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual early-season series of eight men’s basketball games played between the two conferences. “I think this is really special,” McCaffery said. “When Commissioner Delany first brought it up to all of our coaches, we were unanimously in support of it. “It’s such a great idea to have that kind of TV exposure and that kind of interest in early November to start the