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Iowa’s Fran McCaffery suspended for one game after bumping referee

Jeff Eisenberg
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As if it wasn't bad enough having his ejection serve as a turning point in Iowa's narrow loss to Wisconsin on Sunday night, Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery received further punishment on Tuesday morning.

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Fran McCaffery (Getty Images)

The Big Ten suspended McCaffery for one game after he bumped a referee during a tirade over a no-call that went against Iowa early in the second half. McCaffery cannot appeal the decision and will serve the suspension during Iowa's next game on Thursday night against Northwestern.

Iowa held a narrow lead over Wisconsin before McCaffery's ejection, but the Badgers sank all four technical free throws and a fifth foul shot on the ensuing possession to spark a 10-2 game-changing run. The Hawkeyes clawed back within a point later in the second half but eventually lost 75-71.

After initially denying he made contact with a referee and saying he couldn't address what caused the ejection in his post-game press conference Sunday, McCaffery apologized for his actions in a statement on Monday.

"I have great passion and respect for the game of basketball and everyone involved in it," he said. "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."

McCaffery's temper has landed him in the spotlight previously, most notably during this chair throwing incident against Michigan State in a Jan. 2012 loss. This one probably isn't as memorable as the one against the Spartans, but it will force him to miss a game, one in which his bobblehead will be handed out no less.

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