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Fans, ticket office workers excited for season with McCaffery

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - As renovations continue at Carver Hawkeye Arena, the basketball program that calls this court home is also undergoing a major overhaul.

New head coach Fran McCaffery was greeted by a media frenzy Monday morning, as he was introduced by athletic director Gary Barta.

But who is Fran McCaffery? To some, he represents a potential resurgence in ticket sales.

"We've got a guy that's a proven winner," said Mark Daniel, ticket office assistant. He believes McCaffery has what it takes to connect to the Hawkeye fan base, which he says is the key to filling seats in the arena.

 "He's got charisma. I think he'll really energize the fan base. And I like his style; uptempo, pressing style, which all the fans want," Daniel explained. "I think the wins will draw people, because everybody likes a winner. I think getting the students back in is a big must. It's just like football; our student tickets sales are going to go through the roof next year, and that's because of the wins."

Daniel hopes ticket sales will start to climb, as McCaffery takes center stage next season. Sales were floundering under former head coach Todd Lickliter, whose firing was announced on March 15th. 

"If 90 percent of what they say it true, it's a good deal," said George Steinbronn, referring to the hype surrounding McCaffery's arrival. Steinbronn has been a Hawkeye fan since he was old enough to listen to play-by-play on the radio. He's seen the ups and downs of the basketball program, and says the men's team has definitely been in a slump.

"I think the right guy can bring 'em back. Hopefully, this is the right guy."

For now, McCaffery is getting to know the players in one-on-one meetings, which he was expected to finish up on Tuesday. Then, he was scheduled to head to Indianapolis for the NCAA Final Four Tournament.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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