COLUMBUS, Ohio – Connor McCaffery could possibly play a basketball-baseball doubleheader this weekend. Perhaps even on the same day.
He hopes he doesn’t get to.
McCaffery, son of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, is a redshirt freshman guard for the 10th-seeded Hawkeyes, who play seventh seed Cincinnati on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
McCaffery is also an outfielder on Iowa’s baseball team, which just happens to be playing a series at Indiana starting Friday evening.
If the Hawkeyes lose to Cincinnati, McCaffery said he plans to go immediately to Indiana for the baseball series. It wasn’t clear if he meant he would try to play Friday evening or wait until Saturday’s game. It’s about a 3½-hour drive from Columbus to Bloomington, Ind. McCaffery said his mother would drive him there.
Iowa baseball coach Rick Heller added McCaffery to the travel roster for this weekend.
“He texted me and said, ‘Hopefully you can’t make it, but if you can, I’ll put you on the roster,’ ” McCaffery said. “Obviously we’re planning on winning.”
McCaffery already has some practice at juggling the sports. Iowa lost to Michigan in the Big Ten basketball tournament last Friday. McCaffery drove separately from the team back to Iowa City on Saturday morning so that he could play in a baseball game.
“I wanted to show my teammates that I really wanted to be there,” he said.