Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 8, 2014

Sports briefs, Jan. 8

Kokomo Tribune

---- — New schedule is set for girls hoops HCT

Sunday’s snowstorm has led to a revised schedule for the girls basketball Howard County Tournament at Taylor.

Originally scheduled for Thursday and Saturday, the tournament will now take place Saturday and Monday. In Saturday’s opening round, Eastern and Western will meet at 10 a.m. followed by Taylor vs. Northwestern. Monday’s schedule calls for the consolation game at 6 p.m. with the championship game to follow.

• The JV tournament will take place Saturday. The opening-round games will take place in the Taylor Middle School gym and the championship will take place in the high school gym, following the Taylor-NW varsity contest. The opening-round matchups are Taylor vs. Northwestern at 9 a.m. followed by Eastern vs. Western.

Big Ten suspends Iowa’s coach for 1 game

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Big Ten suspended Iowa men’s basketball 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.

McCaffery has turned the once-moribund Hawkeyes into a Big Ten contender. Iowa (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) is ranked No. 20 and on track for its first NCAA tournament berth in eight years.

Still, McCaffery’s suspension is a blemish on an otherwise resurgent season for the Hawkeyes.

“I’m not perfect. Nobody is. I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I’m not happy about it. I’m not proud of it. We’re all, every one of us is never too old to learn, especially from your mistakes,” McCaffery said.