Hawkeyes' Fran McCaffery earns suspension following outburst

Hawkeyes' Fran McCaffery earns suspension following outburst
January 7, 2014, 11:15 am
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Vinnie Duber

Fran McCaffery will have to sit out a game following his on-court outburst in Sunday night's game against Wisconsin.

The Big Ten announced a suspension for the Iowa head coach, who won't coach Thursday's game against Northwestern, and fined the school $10,000 in the wake of McCaffery's tirade against officials during the second half of Sunday's game.

Following a pair of what appeared to be disparate officiating decisions on fouls at each end of the court, McCaffery launched into a tantrum directed at the officials. He was given a pair of technical fouls and ejected from the game. Prior to the incident, the Hawkeyes led the entire game. The Badgers took the lead thanks to the free throws awarded due to McCaffery's outburst and never trailed. Iowa lost the game, 75-71.

"The first 'T," I think, was expected, no question about that. Really wish I hadn't have gotten the second one," McCaffery said on Monday's Big Ten coaches teleconference. "I think you've got to be able to assess things that happen. That's what you ask your players to do. You've got to be able to do that yourself...Not what I wanted. I didn't put our team in a position that benefitted them. And you've got to be man enough to admit that and say, 'I regret that.' I don't want to in any way put them in that position."

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In a post game press conference Sunday, McCaffery didn't believe his ejection cost his team the game, and he also said he didn't believe he would be disciplined.

Monday, he released a joint statement with Iowa athletics director Gary Barta in which he apologized for his behavior.

“I want to apologize for my emotional reaction during Sunday night’s game at Wisconsin," McCaffery's statement read. "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.”