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Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery given two-game suspension

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) — Iowa Men’s Head Basketball Coach  Fran McCaffery will be sitting out the next two games.

According to a press release, University of Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta made the announcement Wednesday that McCaffery was given a two-game suspension for unsportsmanlike comments directed at an official following Iowa’s loss at Ohio Staye Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.

The suspension includes Iowa’s next two games versus Rutgers and at Wisconsin.

“Following the basketball game at Ohio State, Coach McCaffery made unacceptable comments to a game official in the hallway headed to the locker room,” said Barta. “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.”

“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.”


KWWL Staff

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