Iowa head basketball coach Fran McCaffery has been suspended for one game, and the university will be forced to pay a $10,000 fine for his actions during his team's loss to Wisconsin on Jan. 5.
Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated passed along word of the punishment:
Andy Katz of ESPN noted the suspension will take effect immediately, which means McCaffery will miss the Hawkeyes' home clash with Northwestern on Jan. 9:
Iowa released a statement on the punishment, courtesy of the Big Ten Network:
The Big Ten determined that McCaffery’s actions toward the officials were in violation of Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01, which states in part that “The Big Ten Conference expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship. Such fundamental elements include integrity of competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials.”
The incident happened around the midway point of the second half on Sunday.
Gabriel Olaseni was called for a foul, which led into a media timeout. During the break, McCaffery made it crystal clear to the officials that he wasn't happy with the call, which prompted the initial technical foul.
After that was called, he stormed toward an official, making contact in the process, and was then given a second technical and the ejection that comes along with it. The Big Ten Network provided video of the explosive situation:
The Big Ten Network also provided a statement from McCaffery the day after the incident:
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.
Iowa was leading the battle of ranked teams by two points at the time of the outburst. Wisconsin's Ben Brust then stepped to the free-throw line and converted all four attempts connected to the technical fouls to give the Badgers the two-point edge. They never trailed again.
McCaffery allowed his emotions to get the best of him in a marquee game, and it will cost him a game on the sideline. Katz adds that assistant coach Kirk Speraw will take over for the game against Northwestern.
McCaffery will be eligible to return for a big game against Ohio State on Jan. 12.
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