Iowa Players, Past and Present, Push Back Against Abuse From Their Own Fans

By DJ Byrnes on February 24, 2014 at 12:17p

Iowa basketball is fed up... with its own fans.

Iowa fans have apparently developed a knack of taking to social media to blast the team for which they cheer. Center Adam Woodbury has been a particular object of scorn; people have questioned his toughness and wondered if the 7'1" Sioux City product was even capable of dunking.

In a victory over Michigan a few weeks back, Woodbury threw it down. He then did a shushing motion with his finger... to his own fans.

But that's not all. Twice last week Iowa coach Fran McCaffery blasted a caller on his radio show for bagging on senior forward Zach McGabe:

“(McCabe’s) going to score 900 points and get 500 rebounds and he’s trying to rip the kid on my radio show. That’s not going to happen, not on my show. I don’t care if the guy — I was this close to saying, ‘You know what? Don’t preface what you’re getting ready to say by saying I’m a big Hawk fan. No, you’re not. No, you’re not. Go root for somebody else.’ I don’t have time for that guy.”

It all came to a head in a 79-74 loss to Wisconsin. Zach McGabe didn't play well, and once again he was subjected to online abuse. He lashed out in a profane-laden, since-deleted tweet. (You can imagine how Iowa fans reacted after being told to "suck a fat one.")

Remember Nate Kaeding? The former Iowa kicker took up a defense of McGabe:

Greg Brunner, a former Hawkeye basketball player who now plays in Italy, also seems fed up with Hawkeye fans' antics:


Ugly situation in Iowa City, to be sure; not ideal especially with March Madness lurking around the corner.

Obviously, a majority of fans aren't abusing the players, but as always, it only takes a small, vocal minority to ruin things for the people who have the mental capacity required to breathe through their noses on demand.


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buckeyeEddie27's picture

Shouldn't Iowa fans be somewhat happy?   I thought they were having a decent season.

Fringe, lunatic, 2%er's are the worst.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

The Urban Legend's picture

ruin things for the people who have the mental capacity required to breathe through their noses on demand 

DJ always gets one hearty laugh out of me each post. Never fails. 

The Legend continues

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thunderhawks51's picture

I may be the only one to admit this, but I probably wasn't the only one who checked to make sure they could after reading this line...

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route4buckeye's picture

Yeah, Iowa is having a great year.


I know we always complain about Lenzelle taking dumb shots, Amir being soft, etc. Sounds like Iowa players have it worse.

BUCKI06's picture

Can't blame the players/coaches at all for their response.

If I were talented enough to have played a college sport, I'm pretty sure I would have lashed out at anyone talking shit about me/my team.

If only Bob Knight would have had Twitter in his day - I can only imagine some of the stuff he would have had to say.

"As long as we're keeping score, we're gonna try to win this thing." - UFM

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RBuck's picture

And that's why I miss Bobby Knight. He didn't put up with any crap from fans, the media, students or administrators.

Long live the southend.

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Knarcisi's picture

Are we still allowed to bitch about all the COY awards to Ferentz?

tennbuckeye19's picture

Well it is Iowa. Those folks don't have a lot going on other than living and dying with the Hawkeyes. Kinda sad really.

One of my friends moved to Iowa City for a job several years back and couldn't wait to get outta there. He lived there for a couple years and refers to it now as "Back when he was doing time in Iowa".

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

3 words for Iowa fans:


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FROMTHE18's picture

this isn't an Iowa problem, its a college fan problem. A lot of people need to get perspective.

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MacG91's picture

I don't remember when Iowa was this good at basketball..I feel like they should be proud and have their team's back..Kinda pathetic