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Connor McCaffery's two-sport plan at Iowa has become a zero-sport reality this school year, as he hasn’t played much basketball or baseball after repeated illnesses. Here, he talks with Chad Leistikow while in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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IOWA CITY, Ia. — The news was expected, but surely a relief, nonetheless: Iowa basketball guard Connor McCaffery has been awarded a medical-hardship waiver after a series of unfortunate health events during his freshman year.

The waiver was granted by the Big Ten Conference, and the news was released Monday. McCaffery will retain four years of basketball eligibility going forward.

McCaffery, the son of Hawkeye head coach Fran McCaffery, played in only four games during Iowa's 14-19 season, far below the 30 percent threshold to qualify for a medical hardship.

Connor McCaffery suffered a sprained ankle before the season even started, then was diagnosed with mononucleosis (and later strep throat). Then in late December, he had an emergency tonsillectomy, a surgery with a lengthy recovery. That essentially ended his season.

He lost over 20 pounds of weight at one point.

In four games, the 6-foot-5 point guard totaled eight points and seven assists in 53 minutes for the Hawkeyes. Iowa went 4-0 in games in which McCaffery played.

 

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