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Damaged MSU chair sells for thousands at auction

Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:42 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 12:46 pm
 
The Spartans' seat got the John Hancock of Fran McCaffery and sold for big bucks. (via Matt Weitzel)
By Matt Norlander

The best way to get good PR out of a bad situation, if possible, is to alter course and turn bad to better by infusing a charitable donation into the mishap.

After Fran McCaffery got needlessly angry a month ago by awkwardly and violently throwing a chair in the team huddle, the coach and the program did good. They sold the abused seat at an auction Sunday night in Tiffin, Iowa. It went for $2,100, according to Iowa basketball and baseball sports information director Matt Weitzel.

The chair was up for grabs at the Iowa Steak Fry, a fundraising event for the Iowa baseball team that's taken place the past three years. Other items up for auction included a framed/autographed Jay Cutler jersey, a Chicago Cubs "dream package" to attend Wrigley Field (photo ops and meetings with players on the field included), an autographed Ron Santo poster, signed Iowa football memorabilia and more.

But was the chair you see there truly the one that felt the ire of McCaffery? Ah-ha. That is the catch; the answer is unknown. The brainchild behind this particular auction item was not anyone with the basketball program. Iowa's baseball coach, Jack Dahm, thought the chair could be a huge seller at the Steak Fry. He was right.

Dahm reached out to Michigan State baseball coach Jake Boss, Jr. last week and inquired about the chair.

"We're not 100 percent sure it's the same chair," Weitzel said.

Regardless, Boss got over to the Breslin Center and made sure a chair was taken. Iowa paid for the shipping and it was in Tiffin by Saturday. What do you think, has that chair seem some rough days? Of course it has. It's likely been sat on by Draymond Green dozens of times.

Cool of Iowa to do this and it's nice to see McCaffery still embraces his antics, even if they can be over the top in the moment.
Comments

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:43 pm
 

Damaged MSU chair sells for thousands at auction

I am so glad that none of you have  ever lost your cool,  not even once.



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:22 pm
 

Damaged MSU chair sells for thousands at auction

I think it is really cool that they turned this event into something that helps the baseball team.




Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:23 am
 

That's rhetoric, and this is a poor example...

Throwing chairs is not a show of passion, it is a show of uncontrolled rage and loss of control.  If coaching with passion were an excuse, then Bob Knight would still be coaching at Indiana, right?  It takes a blind person to buy that "coaching with passion" excuse.




Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:07 pm
 

Damaged MSU chair sells for thousands at auction

If someone was thinking they would have nabbed that chair after Knight threw it at the cheerleaders. Big Bucks Now!



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:56 pm
 

Damaged MSU chair sells for thousands at auction

COOL!    love it!  coach with passion!  hes trying to turn over a losing program for years. it got the players attention. it wasnt like he through it across the floor. 



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:30 pm
 

Bob Knight's chair would bring a fortune...

What a great example for all f the young Iowa fans.  If this knob can sell a chair for $2100, then Bob Knights chair would be worth a fortune...?...priceless...?



Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:00 pm
 

Damaged MSU chair sells for thousands at auction

I had thought until the chair was thrown that McCaffrey was a class act.  I was wrong.  He was WAY over the top!



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