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Recent coaching drunk-driving scandals

Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:07 pm

In terms of severity, Gary Pinkel’s DWI falls somewhere between Lance Guidry and Bob Huggins on a scale of recent drunk-driving scandals.

Lance Guidry: The Western Kentucky defensive coordinator was cited Saturday in Baton Rouge, the morning of the WKU-LSU game. Not only wasn’t Guidry suspended, he coached in the game.

Coach Willie Taggart said discipline would be handled internally.

Frank Solich: In late 2005 the former Nebraska coach, then at Ohio, was found asleep in his car and charged with drunk driving. Solich contended that he couldn’t have been that hammered compared to the moderate amount of alcohol he consumed.

The Bobcats coach later claimed he was slipped the “date rape” drug GHB. A hair sample tested positive for the substance. Solich later attempted to remove his no contest plea but a wise-ass judge declined saying, “"Fourth-and-goal decisions are difficult and sometimes regretted but usually final nonetheless."

The coach was fined $250, lost his license for six months and was required to participate in an alcohol-education program.

The biggest victim of Solich’s conviction seemed to be assistant wrestling coach Kyle Hansen. In October 2006, Hansen was charged with OVI (Operating a Vehicle Impaired) and wreckless driving. He was fined $1,000 and had his license revoked. Hansen was also suspended by the school. He later appealed the suspension.

Then-AD Kirby Hocutt said at the time that Hansen was not singled out. Hocutt was the AD at Miami when booster Nevin Shapiro was running wild. He left in March, about the same time the NCAA began its investigation, to take the Texas Tech job.

Bob Huggins: On June 12, 2004, the legendary Cincinnati basketball coach was suspended with pay after a spectacular drunk-driving bust. (Check out the video if you can find it).

Huggins was reinstated in August of that year but in May 2005, he was told his contract would not be extended. Later that year he parted ways with the school for a reported $3 million in a going-away compensation package.

Billy Gillispie: Billy Clyde has three priors to his name. He was cited for the third time in August 2009 a few months after being let go at Kentucky. Gillispie is now at Texas Tech.


Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 8:23 pm

Recent coaching drunk-driving scandals

Just curious as to why you left out the Tim Welsh/Hofstra fiasco. Seems that was incredibly serious. He lost a job before he ever coached a game. Then ends up on ESPN. Amazing.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 6:23 pm

Recent coaching drunk-driving scandals

That Frank Solich incident sounds pretty ridiculous. It's one thing to drive drunk, but to sleep in your car drunk? Unless the car is on that is rather abusive by the police to make that arrest. Drunk or not, if the car is off in a parking lot you're not putting anyone in danger by merely sleeping in your car. Hell, he should be applauded for deciding to sleep it off instead of driving drunk. Not to mention that whole bit about the GHB. That judge sounds like a real douche, may he have a bad case of hemorrhoids in his immediate future.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:42 pm

Recent coaching drunk-driving scandals

just think of all the peaple working at cbs sports, do any of them have dui's. fireman, police, office workers ,ect. have dui's?
why is it so important to single out collage coachs? we have all made mistale getting behind the wheel. most are very lucky that they ended well.
p.s. do you notice that we are not talking about penn st. for once

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:48 pm

Recent coaching drunk-driving scandals

WOW.. College life, drinking, women, drinking, and more women.... Dodd, here is a clue... some of the profs at my alma mater were just as big, if not bigger drunks than the students.... Nothing has changed...

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:18 pm

Recent coaching drunk-driving scandals

Not much going on around the office today Dodd?

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:26 pm

Recent coaching drunk-driving scandals

That's not even remotely what he was doing, you moron.

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:16 pm

Recent coaching drunk-driving scandals

Dodd, you're sick ~ you attempt to justify Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel's drunk driving into the "Everybody's Doing It" catagory?  Face the truth:  Pinkel's your Head Coach, and he's a drunk!

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:00 am

Recent coaching drunk-driving scandals

Haha - Tony LaRussa is the gold standard 

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 7:41 am

Recent coaching drunk-driving scandals

can I add two more from sports that are great ones.  Tony LaRussa being drunk and asleep at a stoplight.  I just do not know how that is even possible.  Dontrelle Willis peeing in the street.  Nice job, Dontrelle, but the bathroom is to your left.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:20 am

Recent ??????? Nothing more than 2 years ago can

honestly be called recent.  Enough with this high-handed and outright dishonest use of the english language.  It makes you a..........wait for it............. LIAR and a FRAUD.

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