Iowa Hawkeye head men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery has received a suspension from the Big Ten Conference after being ejected from Sunday night’s game against Wisconsin. The conference says he violated its sportsmanship policy.
During the second half of the game McCaffery let his frustration with the officiating boil over. After receiving one technical foul during a yelling tirade, McCaffery appeared to bump an official and was given a second technical foul and ejected from the game.
The Big Ten announced Tuesday it is suspending McCaffery for one game and fining the University of Iowa $10,000. McCaffery has also been given a public reprimand.
Monday, McCaffery issued an apology for his behavior.
Tuesday he again said he was sorry, “I want to again apologize to the University of Iowa, my players, staff and the tremendous Hawkeye fans for my emotional reaction during Sunday’s game. I regret my actions and accept the Big Ten Conference’s decision. I am ready to move on.”
Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta issued a statement saying he supports McCaffery and accepts the conference’s ruling.
McCaffery will serve his one game suspension Thursday, when the Hawkeyes take on Northwestern. Assistant Coach Kirk Speraw will act as head coach for the game.