Fran McCaffery Suspended Two Games For Profanity-Laced Outburst Towards an Official Following Ohio State's 90-70 Win Over Iowa

By Kevin Harrish on February 27, 2019 at 3:35 pm
Fran McCaffery is suspended for the next two games.
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Fran McCaffery got slapped with a two-game suspension after his profanity-laced postgame outburst at an official following Ohio State's 90-70 win over Iowa.

McCaffery will be suspended for the next two games against Rutgers and Wisconsin, Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta announced on Wednesday afternoon. The university has also been fined $10,000 for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy.

The suspension follows this report from Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade:

“Following the basketball game at Ohio State, Coach McCaffery made unacceptable comments to a game official in the hallway headed to the locker room,” Barta said in a release. “Fran’s comments do not represent the values of the University of Iowa, Hawkeye Athletics, and our men’s basketball program.

“Fran immediately accepted responsibility for his comments and understands the severe implications of his remarks. Fran fully understands this suspension and penalty imposed by the Big Ten Conference. Fran continues to have my full support moving forward.”

McCaffery offered his own statement in the release.

“I am in total agreement with the suspension by Iowa Athletics and the fine levied by the Big Ten Conference,” McCaffery said. “My comments directed toward 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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