VIDEO: Iowa's Fran McCaffery ejected after bumping official

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

With his team leading 41-39 midway through the second half at undefeated Wisconsin, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery picked an inopportune time to reveal his notorious temper.

McCaffery disagreed with the officiating after two possessions, and because of that, he lost his composure and was ordered out of the game.

He was first hit with a technical, but after bumping an official, McCaffery got the boot. McCaffery was presumably upset over a sequence of two plays, in which there was a no-call on Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes, who made contact with Iowa's Gabriel Olaseni off a loose ball near the rim. Then, Hayes drew a foul on Olaseni while attempting to post up.

The game went to a TV timeout, and McCaffery went nuts while viewers watched commercials. He has a history of this. His most famous tirade came two years ago, when he roared at his players during a timeout, damaging an innocent Michigan State chair in the process. This also came after he was hit with a T. (He later went on to sign a Sparty chair for charity.)

Passion runs in the family. McCaffery's wife was ejected from a game nearly eight years ago, back when he was at Siena. The ejection could have ultimately cost Iowa; the Badgers won the game 75-71, and the technical fouls from McCaffery led to four free throws from Wisconsin.

 
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