Fran McCaffery apologizes for behavior in Iowa's loss at Wisconsin

Iowa had a 41-39 lead in a hostile Kohl Center Sunday night. But a pair of calls that went against Iowa led to a corporeal eruption from Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery, who was hit with a technical foul for his outburst at the officials.

He continued to gesticulate at the zebras, and eventually his body bumped into one of them. That's an automatic ejection. In the postgame press conference (below), McCaffery said his dismissal was not what cost his team the victory.

On Monday morning, McCaffery sent out a statement.

“I want to apologize for my emotional reaction during Sunday night’s game at Wisconsin. I have great passion and respect for the game of basketball and everyone involved in it," he said. "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.”

The school's athletic director, Gary Barta, also released a statement.

“I’ve met with Coach McCaffery regarding last night’s ejection from the game in Madison. He knows he crossed a line of acceptable behavior and accepts responsibility for his actions. All staff at the University of Iowa fully support the Big Ten Conference’s sportsmanship policy’s fundamental elements, including civility and respect toward opponents and game officials. Fran has my full support moving forward.”

Iowa is now 12-3. The program is 66-53 in three and a half seasons under McCaffery.

Here was his presser from Sunday night. He opens by saying he "can't address" the situation before declaring his ejection wasn't why Iowa lost.

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