The Big Ten is going to take a closer look at Sunday night’s Iowa/Wisconsin game after things got heated.
Iowa was up by 11 at the break but the game took a drastic turn when Hawkeye Coach Fran McCaffery lost his cool. Frustrated with officiating, Fran appeared to bump an official.
That drew two technical fouls and he was ejected.
Iowa was leading at the time, but the Badgers made five free throws, and went on an 18-8 run.
Iowa kept up the attempt at a comeback but in the end, Iowa lost by four — 71 to 75.
McCaffery released an apology Monday:
“I want to apologize for my emotional reaction during Sunday night’s game at Wisconsin. I have great passion and respect for the game of basketball and everyone involved in it. I regret that my actions put our program and the University of Iowa in a negative light. I look forward to working with my staff and my players to move forward and compete for a championship.”
University of Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta also released a statement about the incident:
“I’ve met with Coach McCaffery regarding last night’s ejection from the game in Madison. He knows he crossed a line of acceptable behavior and accepts responsibility for his actions. All staff at the University of Iowa fully support the Big Ten Conference’s sportsmanship policy’s fundamental elements, including civility and respect toward opponents and game officials. Fran has my full support moving forward.”