BIG TEN: McCaffery Suspended One Game

Posted on: 10:22 am, January 7, 2014, by , updated on: 10:31am, January 7, 2014

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.

4 comments

  • Sandy Madden says:

    I think this was a good move to suspend.

  • Hugo S LaVia says:

    “I want to again apologize to the University of Iowa, my players, staff and the tremendous Hawkeye fans … .”

    How about the tax-paying, hard-working, citizens of the state who AREN’T Iowa loyalists – where is OUR apology? We help pay your salary, too.

    And this clown’s from “the city of brotherly love?” Go back!

  • Rocco says:

    Never apologize. Sign of weakness.
    Guy had a point. Guy has a fire in his belly. This is good.
    It’s energy.
    You Hawk fans don’t know what you have here. Take care of him or your’re gonna end up with another dishcloth personality coach like the last 2.

  • johnstondude says:

    Hugo,
    I don’t think any taxpayer money pays his salary. In fact no tax payer money goes to the athletic department. Get your facts straight before spewing inaccuracies.

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