Fran McCaffery led his Iowa team to a road win over Rutgers Sunday, giving the program back-to-back wins to snap a 3-game skid. It is a nice response for a Hawkeye program hitting the grind of the B1G slate.

Following the win, McCaffery wanted to recognize and shine a light on the Scarlet Knights program. According to McCaffery, Rutgers showed support for Patrick McCaffery in a number of ways, all the way from AD Pat Hobbs to head coach Steve Pikiell and the players.

“I just want to say, what a class operation Rutgers is,” said Fran McCaffery. “I say that over the years, I’ve become friends with Pat Hobbs and Steve Pikiell both. I coached against Steve when he was playing. Pat came by practice yesterday to offer his well wishes for my Patrick. The Rutgers basketball team filled out a card to wish him luck as he goes through what he’s going through. I don’t know how many programs would do that, but that speaks to whom Pat Hobbs is and who Steve Pikiell is. I just wanted to say that.

“We’re supposed to hate each other I guess, but that’s not the way it is. We’re competitors, we play, but we’re all in this thing together.”

That is an awesome gesture from the entire Rutgers program for a fellow competitor. Patrick McCaffery recently announced he is stepping away from basketball for the time being for mental health reasons.