Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery suspended for two games following post-game tirade

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - University of Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery was suspended for two games on Wednesday, following his post-game comments directed at an official after Tuesday night's game at Ohio State University.

Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery

Iowa's athletics department made the decision to suspend McCaffery. The Big Ten Conference supported the suspension, and fined the athletics department $10,000 for violating the conference's sportsmanship policy, which McCaffery will pay. They also issued a public reprimand.

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

McCaffery reportedly chased down referees after the game, and accused them of being cheaters in a profanity-laced tirade in a hallway inside Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

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

McCaffery, in the statement, expressed regret in his actions following Iowa's 90-70 loss against Ohio State on Tuesday, February 26.

"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 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."

The suspensions will be for a home game against Rutgers on Saturday, March 2 and at Wisconsin on Thursday, March 7, 2019.