Iowa Basketball Coach Fran McCaffery Suspended

Last night’s game between No. 22 Iowa and Ohio State had coaches and players heated at times.

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann received a technical foul in the first half. In the second half Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery picked up a technical shortly after his son, Connor McCaffery, a redshirt freshman guard on Iowa, received his first career technical foul.

The emotions continued after the final buzzer.

Fran McCaffery had some colorful language directed at a Big Ten official after a 90-70 blowout loss to Ohio State.

Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade heard McCaffery criticize an official after the game.

Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch confirmed Rowland’s reports of McCaffery verbally abusing an official.

After the game McCaffery had declined to comment on the officiating. His response to Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette was “I can’t talk about that Mike.”

The following day it was announced that McCaffery will be suspended two games for “unsportsmanlike comments directed at an official.”

Iowa will now be without it’s head coach when the team faces Rutgers at home and then when they travel on the road to face No. 19 Wisconsin.

Update: McCaffery Apologizes

“I am in total agreement with the suspension by Iowa Athletics and the fine levied by the Big Ten Conference,” said McCaffery. “My comments directed towards a game official were regretful. I apologize to Big Ten Conference officials, Iowa Athletics, my players and staff, and the tremendous Hawkeye fans. This behavior is not acceptable and I take full responsibility for my inappropriate comments.”

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