IOWA CITY — Zach McCabe has started 39 games and put up 670 points in his Iowa basketball career. He will exhaust all of his eligibility by next spring in basketball and consider playing professionally after graduation.
But McCabe also has a football pedigree to go along with his basketball accolades. He was a first-team all-state quarterback at Sioux City Heelan, where he led the Crusaders to a state title his junior year and a runner-up finish his senior season. He was 35-4 as a starter and broke the city record for single-game yardage with 465 and single-season yardage with 2,461.
So after next basketball season, would he ever consider walking on the football team?
“That would be fun,” he said. “That would always be an opportunity, a possibility if it ever came up. It hasn’t, just playing basketball.”
It would take either a miracle or a plague for McCabe to play quarterback at Iowa. But at 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds with a strong frame and a good athletic ability, he could compete at tight end or defensive end.
“If I was able to play a little bit, I’d do it,” he said. “But I don’t want to be just on the sideline, or something like that, just hanging out for a whole year.”
Schedule time (crickets chirping)
Iowa has yet to release this season’s non-conference schedule, only three months before the team plays its first game.
Several of Iowa’s likely 13 non-conference games are known. They include a Nov. 10 game against Nebraska-Omaha, three games at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, a Big 4 Classic game against Drake at Wells Fargo Arena on Dec. 7 and a Dec. 13 trip to Iowa State.
Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery confirmed the team will face Penn in Iowa City this fall. The game will pit brothers Peter Jok, an Iowa freshman, against Penn senior Dau Jok.
The team continues to search for one more home game as part of an opener to the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
“I don’t know,” McCaffery said when asked when the schedule will be released. “That’s the best I can give you.”
The Big Ten schedule will be released to the schools on Aug. 10. Schools will then examine the schedule before it’s released to the public. Last year Iowa announced its non-conference schedule on Aug. 8 and the league debuted its schedule on Aug. 30.
Five different Iowa basketball players suffered hand injuries this summer, and four wore wraps or casts during the team’s Monday practice session.
Sophomore guard Mike Gesell had the most serious injury, a broken left hand during a Prime Time League game last month. His first cast was removed but he’s now wearing a smaller protective cast. Gesell was made unavailable to comment about the injury.
Junior Josh Oglesby still had tape on his right pinkie after breaking it on a backboard in a May practice. Freshman Peter Jok twice this summer injured his left hand and it was taped up. Senior Zach McCabe had eight stitches on his right hand after teammate Darius Stokes sliced him during a workout. Senior Devyn Marble also hurt his hand during a Team USA workout in late June but he did not have it taped up.
McCaffery said he will take all the coaches to Europe next week on the team’s foreign trip and not leave one back in Iowa City following up with recruits. Iowa has one current open scholarship and three more available after next season.
“I think we live in a small enough world now where we can contact who we need to contact,” McCaffery said. “We’ll be constantly on the phones. It might be a little bit awkward because you might be talking to people at different times where we normally wouldn’t be talking to them to make it convenient for them.”
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