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Fran McCaffery will be with son for surgery, coach NCAAs on same day

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

Iowa's team has lost six of seven, but Fran McCaffery's had bigger worries at home. (USATSI)

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Iowa plays Tennessee in Dayton Wednesday night for the right move on to Friday's Round of 64 game against UMass.

The Hawkeyes have gone into a tailspin of late, dropping six of seven games and barely making the NCAA Tournament. But forgive oft-criticized Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery for the sputter, as he's dealt with an intense situation as a father over the past few weeks. McCaffery's son, Patrick, was recently diagnosed with a thyroid tumor.

And on Wednesday morning, while the rest of the team is in Dayton and hours away from its first NCAA Tournament game in eight years, McCaffery will be at an Iowa City hospital with his son. The tumor is scheduled to be surgically removed then. Patrick McCaffery is 13 years old. Fran McCaffery is spending most of Tuesday with his team in Dayton, but is planning to fly back this evening to be with his family before and through Wednesday morning's procedure.

The plan is for McCaffery to fly back to Dayton Wednesday afternoon. Iowa tips off shortly after 9 p.m. on truTV. The story was reported by the Associated Press, with details confirmed to CBSSports.com Tuesday morning.

According to the AP, the nature of Patrick McCaffery's tumor is still to be determined. After the surgery is performed, doctors will study it to see if it's benign or virulent.

Iowa began this season 19-6 but is now 20-12.

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