Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery will serve a two-game suspension for his profane comments directed at a referee following the No. 22 Hawkeyes’ loss to Ohio State on Tuesday.
Athletic director Gary Barta said Wednesday that McCaffery will miss games against Rutgers and Wisconsin. Iowa also must pay a $10,000 fine for a violation of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy.
According to multiple reports, McCaffery followed an official down the hallway of Value Center Arena in Columbus, Ohio, following the 90-70 loss and screamed: “You cheating (bleep)! You’re a (bleeping) disgrace!”
“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 news 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 also addressed the suspension in the news 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.”
McCaffery is no stranger to run-ins with officials. Among his most infamous moments: an ejection for bumping an official in 2014, breaking a chair during a tirade with an official in 2012, and a 2006 game while coaching at Siena during which both he and his wife were ejected.