Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery has been suspended two games for unsportsmanlike comments toward an official following last night's loss at Ohio State. The school announced the punishment moments ago.
He'll miss a home game against Rutgers this Saturday and a trip to Wisconsin next week. In addition, the Big Ten has fined McCaffery $10,000 for violating the league's sportsmanship policy.
McCaffery reportedly screamed,” You cheating motherf***er!” You’re a f***ing disgrace!” at an official following the 90-70 loss to the Buckeyes on Tuesday. McCaffery declined to comment on the matter when questioned by reporters postgame.
"I am in total agreement with the suspension by Iowa Athletics and the fine levied by the Big Ten Conference,” said McCaffery via press release. “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 will return for the team's regular season finale at Nebraska on March 10.
The 22nd-ranked Hawkeyes (21-7) are on the verge of their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2016. The program had a losing record last year.
Currently, Iowa is sixth in the Big Ten standings with a 10-7 conference mark. However, they are one game behind Wisconsin, who they play next week.