Iowa has suspended men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery for two games after his secular tirade against an official after a 90-70 loss to Ohio State on Tuesday night, the school announced.
McCaffery reportedly called the official Steve McJunkins a "deceiver m —– f —–" and a "ferocious disgrace" as McJunkins headed down a hallway after the match.
The coach and his son, Connor McCaffery, both committed technical fouls in the match.
"After the basketball game at Ohio State, coach McCaffery made unacceptable comments to a match official in the hallway leading to the locker room," said Iowa Sports Director Gary Barta, in a statement. "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 remarks and understands the serious consequences of his Fran fully understands this suspension and penalty imposed by the Big Ten conference and Fran continues to receive my full support. "
The Big Ten also fined the school $ 10,000 for violating its sportsmanship policy.
Asked about the incident after Tuesday's game, McCaffery said, "I can not talk about it." Asked again later during the press conference, McCaffery said, "I'd love it, trust me, but I can not."
But the Hawkeyes' longtime coach has apologized in the statement issued by the school.
"I totally agree with the suspension by Iowa Athletics and the fine imposed by the Big Ten Conference," he said. "My comments to a game official were unfortunate, and I apologize to Big Ten Conference officials, Iowa Athletics, my players and staff, and the great fans of Hawkeye. Is not acceptable and I take full responsibility for my inappropriate comments. "
McCaffery will miss Saturday's game against Rutgers and next week's game against Wisconsin. The latter could have important implications. Iowa is ranked 32nd in NET Wednesday ratings. Wisconsin is one of the top 15 teams. The Hawkeyes are listed as Seed 7 in Joe Lunardi's most recent Bracketology.