Playing the name game at Iowa


Sure, a fat contract from a big six conference is nice. But can the Hawkeyes at least get the name of their new coach correct?

Iowa's media relations department announced the school's hiring of former Siena coach Fran McCaffery this morning; McCaffery will replace the deposed Todd Lickliter as he attempts to restock the relatively bare cupboard left in Iowa City. This blog isn't big on omens, but the McCaffery Era started not with a bang but with a whimper, as Iowa -- get this -- mispelled the coach's name on its Web site Sunday morning. According to Iowa, it had just hired "Fran McCaffrey." Whoops.

The release has since been corrected. And trust me -- this blogger is in no position to make fun of others' typos, misspellings, or miscellaneous errors. (This blogger makes at least one of those a day. For example: Calling Michigan's famous freshman the "Fab Four" Saturday night. Thank goodness for editors.) Mistakes happen. No big deal.

But it is a funny little sidenote to the beginning of McCaffery's time in Iowa. Of course, this lack of respect has a simple solution: If McCaffery wins in Iowa City the way he won at Siena, rest assured Hawks fans will have no problems remembering that "e" comes before the "r."