The University of Iowa reports the surgery on men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery’s son this morning went well and McCaffery has left Iowa City to fly to Dayton for his team’s NCAA tournament game at 8:10 tonight.

The U-I released this  statement from Fran McCaffery:

“Today’s surgery for my son Patrick went as planned. Doctors will continue tests in the coming days to determine further treatment. Patrick was in good spirits after the operation. Our family would like to thank the surgeons who performed the operation and the doctors and nurses at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics who have helped treat Patrick during this process.  The outpouring of support and encouragement Patrick and our family have received this past week has been overwhelming; words cannot express how genuinely thankful we are to everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers.”

Patrick McCaffery has surgery to remove a tumor from his thyroid.