Big Ten suspends Iowa coach Fran McCaffery for one game

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

On Tuesday morning the Big Ten took action against Fran McCaffery. The Hawkeyes' head coach bumped an official, and was subsequently ejected, during Sunday night's Iowa-Wisconsin game.

The Hawkeyes were leading at the time of the ejection and went on to lose 75-71.

Because of his actions, the conference decided to sit McCaffery for Iowa's next game, which is Thursday against Northwestern. He's also been fined $10,000. The league called it a violation of the "Sportsmanship Policy." There is no appeal process, so this decision is final.

"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.'”

“I regret my actions and accept the Big Ten Conference's decision. I am ready to move on," McCaffery said in a statement.

He also apologized via a different statement on Monday.

Associate head coach Kirk Speraw will be in charge for Iowa on Thursday. The Hawkeyes are 12-3.

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