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Big Ten letters! Fans ask about McCaffery, bowls

OK, the mail has been steadily streaming in. That makes sense since there has been a lot going on these days, what with the bowl season, hoops heating up and … oh, yes, Fran McCaffery! Let’s dig in and address the best of your questions and comments. And, as usual, thanks for writing! You can keep the notes coming at the bottom of this post. My piece on Iowa coach Fran McCaffery and his behavior in the Wisconsin game elicited many responses. Check out a few of them here. I’ve responded to them below. Is this a blog or a

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BTN Originals debuts 'The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014'

CHICAGO –BTN Originals will once again give Big Ten fans a view inside some of the most dynamic men’s basketball programs in the country this season with the debut of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014. The series’ fifth season debuts at 9:30 PM ET Sunday following the Illinois at Northwestern men’s basketball game. “Once again, the Big Ten Conference features some of the top teams in the nation,” said BTN Originals Coordinating Producer Bill Friedman “and The Journey will have our cameras rolling to capture the most compelling stories and to take the viewer courtside and into the locker

Tom Izzo

Big Ten Geeks: Spartan Shooting

In the first epic clash of the conference season, Michigan State held serve at home against a relentless Ohio State team. Does this give the Spartans the inside track on the Big Ten title? Let’s dive in. In a lot of ways, this was a tough game to figure. MSU fans can point to the fact that their team led nearly the entire game, and that Michigan State’s ability to build a 17-point lead over the first 31:58 of game time is indicative of who is the better team. FIRST 31:58 OF REGULATION Points Possessions Efficiency Ohio State 38 51

Fran McCaffery

Big Ten suspends Iowa's Fran McCaffery 1 game

The Big Ten Conference announced a one-game suspension and public reprimand of Iowa men’s basketball head coach Fran McCaffery for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy during the second half of Iowa’s game at Wisconsin on Sunday. McCaffery will miss Thursday night’s home game against visiting Northwestern, which is also listed as Fran McCaffery Bobblehead Night on HawkeyeSports.com Here’s a look at the McCaffery bobbleheads given away at Iowa last season. Iowa has also been fined $10,000 as a result of the violation. The fine and suspension cannot be appealed. [ MORE: Dienhart: Let’s hope this is the end of

Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season. Listen to coach Tom Crean: Listen to coach Fran McCaffery: Listen to coach John Groce: Listen to coach Chris Collins: Listen to coach Penn State Associate Head Coach Keith Urgo: Listen to coach Matt Painter: Listen to coach Tom Izzo: Listen to coach Bo Ryan: Listen to coach John Beilein: Listen to coach Thad Matta: Listen to coach Richard

Gary Harris

B1G Whiteboard: Who else is pumped for OSU-MSU?

One week of Big Ten action is in the books, as Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State continue to lead the way. Illinois is a surprising 2-0 and thinking big, while Michigan has overcome injuries to forge a 2-0 start. Minnesota may be better than expected, while 1-1 Iowa is still formidable after a tough loss at Wisconsin on Sunday. This week, all eyes will be on the Breslin Center in East Lansing, where the Spartans will play host to Ohio State in a monster league game. Here’s a breakdown of the week ahead. GAME OF THE WEEK: Ohio State

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Dienhart: 'I hope this is last eruption of Mount McCaffery'

It’s not even lunchtime, and Iowa already has issued apologies for Fran McCaffrey’s outburst and subsequent ejection from last night’s game at Wisconsin. McCaffery was ejected eight minutes into the second half of the eventual loss after getting hit with back-to-back technical fouls. [ MORE: Big Ten Geeks: Did Fran lose it? ] Statement from Fran McCaffery: “I want to apologize for my emotional reaction during Sunday night’s game at Wisconsin. 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

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Big Ten Geeks: Did Fran lose it?

The easy narrative for Wisconsin’s win over Iowa is that Fran McCaffrey was hit with a double technical foul when his team held a 2-point lead, and that those four points gave Wisconsin the lead, the momentum, and the margin of victory. VIDEO: #Hawkeyes Fran McCaffery addresses ejection in postgame presser – http://t.co/AlHFDt79LY — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 6, 2014 But is that true? Iowa held an 11-point lead at halftime, and up until the technical (which were assessed before Nigel Hayes could attempt his free throws on a foul called just prior), Wisconsin was closing fast. If we

Fran McCaffery

Fran McCaffery talks about Sunday night's ejection

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery addressed his ejection following Sunday night’s loss at Wisconsin. The coach, of course, was asked plenty of questions about the ejection, which came eight minutes into the second half after he was rung up for two technical fouls and appeared to make contact with an official. Watch McCaffery address the media in this post. [ MORE: Big Ten Geeks: Did Fran lose it? ] While McCaffery said he couldn’t address what exactly made him so mad, he had plenty of interesting things to say. Like this, on his technical fouls: “What I feel bad about is getting

Fran McCaffery

Video: Iowa's Fran McCaffery gets ejected at Wisconsin

Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery was not happy with the officials Sunday night, and he let the crew knew about it during a timeout in the second half of Sunday’s loss at Wisconsin. It appeared that McCaffery was upset about a foul being called on the previous play when Iowa forward Gabe Olaseni was whistled for a hand check foul on Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes. A wild scene just broke out at the Kohl Center, & it resulted in an ejection for Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. WATCH – http://t.co/pywdJ94vaw — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 6, 2014 McCaffery was hit with