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A look inside Iowa coach Fran McCaffery’s office

[ 2 ] January 1, 2012 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. –- Just like the Iowa basketball team he coaches, Fran McCaffery’s office is a work in progress.

“Something will go up here, and right behind me,” said McCaffery, pointing to the blank walls of an office he moved into August 1. “Right now all we’ve got are the desk and the furniture.”

McCaffery’s office is part of the $43 million Carver-Hawkeye Arena renovation project. Located at the far end of the men’s basketball suite, he wants it to be as versatile as the players he recruits.

“It’s got to be functional,” McCaffery said. “You’ve got to have a staff meeting in here, you’ve got to be able to watch film, and X and O in here. But I also have to be able to sit down with a family comfortably and talk about their son’s future.”

The top of McCaffery’s desk is mid-season messy and covered with statistics, scouting reports and correspondence.

The only glimpse inside McCaffery the person sits on the top of the furniture that circles the back of his desk. There’s a basketball from his first victory at Iowa last season; a Philadelphia Phillies figurine – he’s a Philly native and lifelong fan who attended his first baseball game at Connie Mack Stadium in 1964; and a rock with an engraved Tiger Hawk and the coach’s last name.

More important, in McCaffery’s  eyes, are the individual pictures of his four children – sons Connor, Patrick and Jonathan and daughter Marit. There’s also a picture of McCaffery and his wife, Margaret, taken in Albany, N.Y., in the summer of 2009.

“When we’re done with this office we’ll have a lot more Hawkeye stuff, Big Ten logos, Hawkeye logos, crowd shots, things of that nature,” McCaffery said. “But right here I have pictures of my family. That’s the most important thing. I think it’s important that you keep everything in perspective.”

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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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