Caitlin Clark and Connor McCaffrey
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Caitlin Clark Boyfriend After Title Game Loss: 'That's My Goat'

Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes fell short in the women's basketball championship game for a second straight year, this time losing to unbeaten South Carolina.

But Clark's boyfriend, Connor McCaffrey, still had a positive message for his favorite player.

"My GOAT @caitlinclark22," he posted to his Instagram story as the caption to the photo of the couple.

McCaffrey is the son of Iowa men's coach Fran McCaffrey, who's been at the school since 2010. The younger McCaffrey played for his dad at Iowa during his own career.

Meanwhile, Clark finished her career as college basketball's all-time leading scorer. She is certain to be the No. 1 pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft and therefore heading to the Indiana Fever.

Fittingly, Connor McCaffrey is now an assistant with the Indiana Pacers. He completed his playing career at Iowa a year ago.

"I'll play dummy defense, run the scout team, help coaches on film stuff, help on video projects if they need, scouting reports if they need," he told the Des Moines Register of his job with the Pacers. "It's kind of all-hands on deck, whatever you're asked to do, be ready to do it."

So, yes, he's following in his father's coaching footsteps.

"It's a way in," Connor said. "It's an entry-level job. You've got to work hard and work your way up. That's obviously what I want to do."

Patrick McCaffrey, by the way, is Connor's younger brother and still a member of the Hawkeyes. So clearly, basketball is a family thing all the way around.

And Connor just happens to be dating the person who is among the most popular basketball players in the world.

Oh, and TODAY also passed along that Connor was quite the baseball player. But he eventually gave that up at Iowa.

The outlet wrote:

"In addition to playing basketball under his dad, Connor McCaffery also played for the Hawkeyes baseball team, a feat that wasn't easy to balance with his other passion.

"Rick Heller, the University of Iowa's baseball coach, raved about McCaffery's potential at the plate, but noted to Hawk Central, 'It's just really hard for a guy to play Power Five basketball in the Big Ten, where it's physical and you get beat up, then have to show up 20 games into the baseball season and be ready to go.'"