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Jeff Horner surprised his Hawkeye tweets set off firestorm

[ 0 ] March 14, 2014 |

A day after hinting that he knew what was wrong with the Iowa men’s basketball team, former Hawkeyes star Jeff Horner declined to shed any light on the issues.

Horner, an ex-Iowa guard and the current boys’ basketball coach at West Des Moines Valley, set off a firestorm of interest when he tweeted Thursday night about Iowa’s recent struggles.

A stunning 67-62 defeat to Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday was the sixth loss in seven games for Iowa.

Horner became the center of attention when he fired off a few comments from his Twitter account, @Jeff_Horner2.

The first read:

Shortly after, Horner tweeted:

“There’s nothing else really to it,” Horner said following his team’s win in the semifinals of the Class 4-A boys’ basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. “I’m not going to say what I think the problem is.”

It didn’t take Horner long to realize that his tweets hit a tone with Iowa fans.

“Five minutes later, I had like 60 mentions with my name in it and I was like, ‘Whoa, what’s going on here?’” Horner said.

Horner tried killing any conspiracy theories by tweeting Friday:

Horner said he still has faith in the Hawkeyes and coach Fran McCaffery.

“I’m not going to say what I think the problem is,” West Des Moines Valley coach Jeff Horner said of the Iowa men's current run of poor play. Horner's tweets during Thursday night's game set off a round of online speculation. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)

“I’m not going to say what I think the problem is,” West Des Moines Valley coach Jeff Horner said of the Iowa men’s current run of poor play. Horner’s tweets during Thursday night’s game set off a round of online speculation. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)

“I know all those kids, and they’re great kids,” Horner said. “I know Fran, and I think he’s a great coach. I’m sure people probably think you’re talking about them. Everybody looks in the mirror.”

The Hawkeyes were ranked as high as No. 10 this season but now could be sweating out Selection Sunday.

“I just think that they need to get together and pull together for this NCAA Tournament they’re about to be in,” he said. “They’re a good enough team to make a deep run.”

Does Horner have any regrets for the tweets?

Nah.

“I said what I said,” Horner said.

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About Tommy Birch: Tommy Birch is a sports reporter who covers high school, college, and professional sports for the Des Moines Register. Tommy can be reached at tbirch@dmreg.com or on Twitter via @TommyBirch. View author profile.

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