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Fran McCaffery

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Fran McCaffery, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery issued a statement apologizing for his actions that led to his subsequent ejection in Sunday’s four-point loss to Wisconsin.

“I want to apologize for my emotional reaction during Sunday night’s game at Wisconsin,” McCaffery said in a statement. “I have great passion and respect for the game of basketball and everyone involved in it. I regret that my actions put our program and the University of Iowa in a negative light. I look forward to working with my staff and my players to move forward and compete for a championship.”

Iowa athletic director Gary Barta was displeased with McCaffery’s behavior and also provided a statement.

“I’ve met with Coach McCaffery regarding last night’s ejection from the game in Madison,” Barta said. “He knows he crossed a line of acceptable behavior and accepts responsibility for his actions. All staff at the University of Iowa fully support the Big Ten Conference’s sportsmanship policy’s fundamental elements, including civility and respect toward opponents and game officials. Fran has my full support moving forward.”

Iowa’s 11-point halftime lead had melted to 41-39 with 11 minutes, 51 seconds to play when McCaffery was ejected while arguing a foul call on center Gabe Olaseni. Tim Clougherty and John Gaffney issued the technicals, in rapid-fire order, as McCaffery was being restrained by his coaching staff. It was McCaffery’s second ejection as Iowa coach. The other came at Northern Iowa in 2011.

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