Big Ten bans Iowa coach Fran McCaffery for one game

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Iowa City, IA, United States (4E Sports) – Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery has been slapped with a one-game suspension by the Big Ten for his outburst that led to his ejection during the Hawkeyes’ loss to Wisconsin Sunday.

The Big Ten also publicly reprimanded McCaffery for violating the Big Ten’s sportsmanship policy and fined the school $10,000.

The league said neither the suspension nor the fine can be appealed.

McCaffery will serve the punishment in Thursday’s game against Northwestern. Assistant Kirk Speraw will coach the Hawkeyes in his place.

McCaffery outburst stemmed from a couple of calls made by the officiating crew. He picked up two technical fouls and was tossed from the game with about 12 minutes to play in Iowa’s 75-71 loss to the No. 4 Badgers.

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

“We accept the ruling of the Big Ten Conference and as a result Fran will not coach his team Thursday evening,” Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said. “We all look forward to putting the incident behind us. … Fran continues to have my full support moving forward.”

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