Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery found it “pretty amazing” that President Barack Obama wanted to watch the Hawkeyes’ game with Michigan State on television Tuesday shortly before delivering his State of the Union address.
“I know the president is a huge basketball fan,” McCaffery said today. “It means a lot. Because he’s really in tune with what’s going on. And for him to think that much of our team and that game, especially in light of what he was getting ready to do, is pretty amazing.”
NBC News correspondent Luke Russert reported that Obama was told by members of his staff that it would better if “he watched the filing in on C-Span” rather than the Hawkeyes and Spartans.
McCaffery has gotten to know Oregon State Craig Robinson, the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, on Nike trips. McCaffery also knows Obama likes to play basketball when time permits. When Obama made a campaign stop on the University of Iowa campus in April of 2012, McCaffery offered an invitation to play through Robinson. Obama declined.
“He was ripping and running,” McCaffery said. “That was election season. He didn’t really want to do that at the time. I’d really like to meet him some time. Obviously, he’s pretty busy.”