We have photographic evidence that Iowa really does have "Rock & Roll Fran" McCaffery bobbleheads to give to the first 1,500 fans who enter Carver-Hawkeye Arena for Sunday's Minnesota-Iowa basketball game.
It was supposed to be Jan. 9, but with McCaffery suspended for that home game against Northwestern, the powers that be decided to postpone the promotion for a game in which he was coaching. If I'd known then it was "Rock & Roll Fran," I'd have suggested they went ahead and gave them out that night, since rock n' roll is for bad boys. Or it was. I don't know what it is today.
Today, Justin Bieber is a bad boy for allegedly egging a neighbor's house. Are you kidding me? Ozzy Osbourne once bit the head off a bat. In Des Moines! The late Keith Moon of the Who once tossed a television from his hotel room into the swimming pool below. He routinely destroyed hotel room toilets with an assortment of explosives. Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones quit using cocaine after he fell out of a tree in 2006 and needed brain surgery and a metal plate in his skull.
I don't think getting a one-game suspension for going gonzo with Big Ten officials qualifies as "Rock n' Roll." If there had been some pyrotechnics or face-paint involved, that would have been different. Although, maybe it was a Rage Against the Machine.
McCaffery is in his fourth year as Iowa's coach, and I've never once heard him mention anything with the slightest connection to rock music. Do you think he's ever even picked up a guitar?
There are already has been a McCaffery bobblehead giveaway at Carver, so I guess they had to come up with something else. One can only guess what is coming in the years ahead. Cowboy Fran? Broadway Fran? Firefighter Fran? Urban Planner Fran? Computer Systems Analyst Fran? Landscaper Fran? Insurance Agent Fran? Somebody stop me.
"Rock & Roll Fran?" I've seen the guy coach a lot of games now, been to a lot of his press conferences. Never once did I think "I'll bet he can really play a Fender Stratocaster or a Gibson Les Paul."
Remember, only the first 1,500 ticket-holders admitted get a "Rock & Roll Fran." For those who line up outside the arena Sunday morning waiting for the doors to open so they can snap up one of the bobbleheads, I can't help you.
And when I say I can't help you, I'm not talking about getting you one of the souvenirs.