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Iowa Basketball: Big Ten hands McCaffery one-game suspension after tirade

Iowa head men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery was issued a one-game suspension and the school was fined $10,000 for McCaffery's tirade against Wisconsin on Sunday that resulted in a pair of technicals and an ejection.
Troy Hyde

The tirade by Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery that led to two technicals and an ejection this past Sunday against Wisconsin also resulted in punishment from the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday.

The league announced today that McCaffery has been given a one-game suspension and will not be allowed to coach the Hawkeyes when they host Northwestern at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday night. The school also has been fined $10,000.

“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,” said McCaffery. “I regret my actions and accept the Big Ten Conference’s decision. I am ready to move on.”

The Big Ten found McCaffery’s actions to be in violation of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy. The fine and suspension cannot be appealed.

The Big Ten also 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.”

“Fran expressed his remorse and accepted responsibility from the first minute we talked on Monday morning,” said UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta. “We accept the ruling of the Big Ten Conference and as a result Fran will not coach his team Thursday evening. We all look forward to putting the incident behind us. Our focus now is on Thursday night against Northwestern and the remainder of the conference season. Fran continues to have my full support moving forward.”

Iowa assistant coach Kirk Speraw will handle the head coaching duties Thursday.

Also, Thursday night was originally scheduled to be Fran McCaffery Bobblehead Night, but that event has now been moved to the following home game on Jan. 19 against Minnesota.