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A Courtside Seat: Which bobblehead makes the grade?

[ 0 ] December 20, 2010 |

The Register’s Rick Brown takes a look at men’s college basketball:

A bobblehead of Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery will go to the first 3,000 fans at Tuesday night’s game against Louisiana Tech at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“I saw a picture of it,’’ McCaffery said Thursday. “I’m not sure if it’s still a bobblehead of me. Is there a resemblance?’’

Iowa plans to unveil five basketball bobbleheads this season, including senior Jarryd Cole, left, and coach Fran McCaffery from the men’s team. (Special to the Register)

Moments later, McCaffery was handed the finished product.

“Looks more like (sportscaster) Joe Buck,” one media member told him.

McCaffery laughed.

“I think that’s probably true,” he said. “I saw a picture and we tried to make adjustments. There’s only so much they can do to make me look better. But I think it’s fun.”

A bobblehead of senior center Jarryd Cole will be handed out Jan. 12. Cole, the team’s lone upperclassman, has survived two knee surgeries, foot issues and two coaching changes as a Hawkeye.

Yet McCaffery, in his debut season, will have his bobblehead go public first.

“That’s messed up,’’ joked Cole.

Bobbleheads also will be issued for Iowa women’s coach Lisa Bluder (Wednesday) and players Kachine Alexander (Jan. 8 ) and Kelsey Cermak (Feb. 10) as a marketing ploy to get more fans to games.

McCaffery was asked if his players would recognize his bobblehead, since his face wasn’t crimson from shouting at them.

“Happens about once a game,’’ McCaffery said. “Hopefully we’ll get to less than that.’’

McCaffery said his doesn’t plan to give his bobblehead as a Christmas gift.

“My ego is not that big,’’ McCaffery said. “I can’t do that.’’


Iowa State and Northern Iowa will play in the South Padre Island Invitational in Texas in late November 2011.

The rest of the field in the eight-team exempt event hasn’t been announced. Another possibility is Providence and former Drake coach Keno Davis.

Teams get two home games and two more in Sou

th Padre in the event. Iowa State and Northern Iowa will not face each other in Texas.


• Iowa’s Eric May was held to two points in a 75-72 loss to Iowa State Dec. 10. His previous career low? The Cyclones held him scoreless the season before.

• On Monday, radio station KDRB (100.3 FM) ran a promo ad for the Iowa-Iowa State men’s game. I’ll take the Cyclones by three. And keep an eye on Scott Christopherson.

• Iowa beat Southern Illinois-Edwardsville by 61 points. Northern Iowa reached 61 points with 2:32 remaining in its 68-47 victory against the Cougars Sunday.


:05 Northern Iowa hit 21 straight home wins. Now it’s off to Las Vegas.

:04 Fashion plate Lucas O’Rear of UNI: chops out, mullet in.

:03Karl Malone will not suit up tonight for Louisiana Tech at Iowa.

:02 Congrats on your grand accomplishment, Diante Garrett.

:01 Drake’s Rayvonte Rice is worth the price of admission.


Former Iowa player Jake Kelly is Indiana State’s No. 2 scorer at 11.2 points per game, one year after reconstructive knee surgery.

CONFERENCE CHATTER: Paige to narrow list of schools after season

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was chatting with former Hawkeyes player Al Lorenzen before Saturday’s game at Drake. Nicknames will tell you that it was White Magic talking to the Vanilla Gorilla. …

Linn-Mar junior point guard Marcus Paige, pictured, hopes to reduce his list of suitors to five after the season. He’s received offers from North Carolina, Kansas, Iowa State, Iowa, UCLA, Illinois and Virginia so far. …

Indiana’s Tom Crean is hot in recruiting. He’s got a commitment from power forward Cody Zeller, the No. 17 player in the Class of 2011 according to rivals.com. He’s also got three commitments from the Class of 2012 (No. 16 Hanner Perea. No. 20 Kevin Farrell and No. 63 Ron Patterson) and two more from the Class of 2013 (No. 24 Collin Hartman, No. 32 Devin Davis). …

New Mexico’s 91-54 victory against Longwood on Friday included a 34-minute delay after a fire alarm went off in the second half and the Pit was evacuated.

Read Rick’s basketball blog

An update on Iowa point guard Cully Payne’s condition.


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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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