Fran McCaffery Suspended for Game Against Northwestern

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The Big Ten has suspended Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery for one game following his outburst in monday's matchup against Wisconsin. McCaffery will serve the suspension Thursday as Iowa takes on Northwestern.

The Big Ten announced Tuesday morning that Iowa head coach would be suspended one game for his actions during Iowa's game against Wisconsin. McCaffery will have to sit out Iowa's matchup with Northwestern on Thursday.

McCaffery's outburst occurred in the second of Iowa's loss to Wisconsin on Monday. Iowa came out hot against the Badgers, holding an 11 point lead at halftime, but Wisconsin climbed back into the game early in the second half. Only up two points with 11:51 left to play, McCaffery got upset with officials for what he believed to be a missed foul against a Wisconsin player and a subsequent foul call on Iowa's Gabriel Olaseni.

During the ensuing media timeout, McCaffery showed his displeasure by incessantly yelling at officials, leading to his first technical. He was even more outraged with the T and bumped into an official. This resulted in his second technical and an immediate ejection. McCaffery would have to be restrained by Iowa coaches and led out of the arena. Wisconsin went on to beat Iowa 75-71.

The Big Ten determined that McCaffery had violated its sportsmanship policy. Thus, the Iowa head coach was suspended one game, and the conference fined Iowa $10,000.

Iowa's game against Northwestern on January 9th was scheduled to be Fran McCaffery Bobblehead Night. The event is expected to be moved to a later date.

McCaffery and Iowa athletic director Gary Barta have said they accept the Big Ten's ruling, and the conference considers the case to be closed. Assistant coach Kirk Speraw will fill in for McCaffery in Thursday's matchup against Northwestern.

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