Iowa Coach Has Bizarre Staring Contest With A Ref During Win Over Michigan State

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Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was back to behaving in strange fashion during a Saturday win over Michigan State.

The Hawkeyes pulled off an awesome comeback win over the Spartans to shock fans. Despite being down 13 with less than two minutes to go, the Hawkeyes started to light it up to force OT and ultimately earned a 112-106 win in overtime.

However, that wasn’t the most interesting part of the game. The most interesting part of the matchup was when McCaffery, who has a history of bizarre behavior, decided to have a legit staring contest with a ref near the end of regulation.

This was a clown move from Fran McCaffery.

There’s nothing worse than a fake tough guy in sports. Here’s a newsflash for everyone out there. Most people playing sports aren’t that hard.

Whether it’s Ja Morant acting tough or the Iowa basketball coach trying to intimidate a ref, these dudes aren’t as tough as they think.

It’s comical to pretend otherwise. What was McCaffery really thinking at this moment? Was he going to throw a punch and end his career on the spot? Absolutely not.

Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery stares down a ref. (Credit: Screenshot/Twitter Video

As American Joyride viewers know, I happen to know some guys who are actual tough guys who have kicked in doors and killed people in war. They openly mock fake hardos like this dude. They’re actual warriors and do not behave like this.

As the kids say, if you’re feeling froggy, jump. If not, sit the hell down. Fran McCaffery is a multi-millionaire coach.

He’s not a biker gang leader. Literally nobody fears him or believes for one second he’s going to do anything. Stare all you want. It doesn’t change the fact it’s an act. Seriously, look at the screenshot below and do your best to not laugh your butt off.

Fran McCaffery stares down a ref. (Credit: Screenshot/Twitter Video

It should be interesting to see what circus act Fran McCaffery comes up with next. While it makes him look like an idiot, it’s very entertaining for the rest of us.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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