|The Spartans' seat got the John Hancock of Fran McCaffery and sold for big bucks. (via Matt Weitzel)|
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.