IOWA CITY, Ia. – The Big Ten today suspended Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery for Thursday’s game against Northwestern, two days after he was ejected in a loss at Wisconsin. The suspension, the league said, was for violation of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy.
The University of Iowa was also fined $10,000 for the violation. Neither the fine nor the suspension can be appealed. Assistant coach Kirk Speraw will assume head coaching duties Thursday night. Speraw was the head coach at Central Florida for 17 seasons.
Both McCaffery and Iowa athletic director Gary Barta are scheduled to appear at McCaffery’s previously scheduled 1:30 p.m. news conference today at Carver-Hawkeye Arena
“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 today in a statement released by the school. “I regret my actions and accept the Big Ten Conference’s decision. I am ready to move on.”
In its own release, the Big Ten said it determined that McCaffery actions towards the officials were in violation of 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.”
McCaffery said after the game, and again on the Big Ten teleconference on Monday, that he did not make contact with an official.
“Nah,” McCaffery said Monday. “There wasn’t any.”
Tim Clougherty gave McCaffery his first technical, as he argued a foul call on center Gabe Olaseni with 11 minutes 51 seconds remaining in the first half. McCaffery walked toward John Gaffney, who then gave him a second technical. A second technical also brings an automatic ejection.
“Fran expressed his remorse and accepted responsibility from the first minute we talked on Monday morning, “Barta said in a statement today. “We accept the ruling of the Big Ten Conference and as a result Fran will not coach his team Thursday evening. We all look forward to putting the incident behind us. Our focus now is on Thursday night against Northwestern and the remainder of the conference season. Fran continues to have my full support moving forward.”
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