McCaffery tells players to shut down Twitter

Coach calls McCabe incident "a learning process"

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IOWA CITY -- Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery has told his players to shut down their Twitter accounts until the end of the men's basketball season, he said Monday morning.

Senior Zach McCabe received multiple negative comments directed to his Twitter account after he missed a 3-pointer at the end of Iowa's 79-74 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. McCabe lashed out with his own response, which he later retracted. McCabe then put out a statement apologizing for his comments and thanked the fans.

McCaffery said he talked to his players after the incident, calling it a "healthy discussion, one that I think made sense to everybody."

"First and foremost Iím going to support Zach," McCaffery said Monday morning on the Big Ten weekly teleconference in a response to a question from The Gazette. "I think Iíve said many times about how I feel about him. I love everything that he brings to this program. I support him 100 percent. I think it can be very upsetting when youíre getting attacked. I think you can have the impression that the entire fan base is attacking you, and that is not the case. I think the good thing thatís come out of this is how much support heís gotten in return from so many different people.

"Youíre going to have people who are upset after a loss and theyíre going to blame and normally theyíd blame the coach, and thatís what Iíd prefer that theyíd do. Just blame me. We lose, just blame me. And when we win, letís cheer on the players and be happy for them and they were the reason."

McCaffery does not use social media and the original incident was brought to his attention. He called the incident "a learning process" for McCabe and his impression of social media is negative.

"What Iíve done is Iíve told all the players to shut down their Twitter accounts until the season is over," McCaffery said. "Theyíre not going to be on Twitter, theyíre not going to be tweeting or getting tweets, and I think thatís probably the smartest thing to do. Focus on these last few games and the Big Ten Tournament and go from there. Then when the seasonís over, they can all put it back up."

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