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January 7, 2014

Big Ten suspends Iowa's McCaffery for 1 game

Eds: Updates with new quotes from McCaffery. With AP Photos.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Big Ten suspended Iowa coach Fran McCaffery for one game and fined Iowa $10,000 on Tuesday for his outburst during a loss at Wisconsin.

McCaffery received back-to-back technical fouls and was ejected for arguing with officials midway through the second half of Sunday's game. The Big Ten said McCaffery's actions violated the league's sportsmanship policy.

McCaffery will sit out Thursday's home game against Northwestern and assistant coach Kirk Speraw will take his place. Iowa spokesman Steve Roe told The Associated Press that Thursday's scheduled "Fran McCaffery Bobblehead Night" will likely be rescheduled.

McCaffery apologized for the second time in as many days on Tuesday, saying that he regrets his actions and is ready to move on.

"I think it's important to point out that my passion and energy come from a good place," McCaffery said during a news conference in Iowa City. "I want my players to play that way. We ask them to play that way, and I'm going to fight for my guys. That's what I'm going to do. That will not stop. But I think in that instance, without question, I lost my cool, and you can't do that."

McCaffery's temper has gotten him in trouble before. But this is his first suspension in four seasons at Iowa.

McCaffery was ejected late in a blowout loss at Northern Iowa in 2011. In early 2012, he slammed a chair to the court in frustration during a loss at Michigan State.

The Hawkeyes held a slim lead over the Badgers in Madison on Sunday when McCaffery took objection to a couple of calls that didn't go Iowa's way.

The Badgers hit four straight free throws and went on for a 75-71 win.

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