Tag:Gary Pinkel DWI
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:13 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 2:13 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel was in a Boone County circuit courtroom on Friday morning where he pleaded guilty to the Class B misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. Pinkel was given a 30-day suspended sentence in Boone County Jail but will instead serve two years of unsupervised probation.
Pinkel was charged with the DWI on Wednesday night after driving home from a dinner with some friends.
He is currently serving a one week suspension without pay from Missouri, and will not be with the team when it faces Texas Tech on Saturday. He will return to his coaching duties on Thursday in time to coach the Tigers in their regular season finale against Kansas.
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 7:13 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Following his arrest on Wednesday night for suspicion of DWI, I wrote that Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel should not allow himself to coach his team against Texas Tech on Saturday. My reasoning for this was that it was only fair that a head coach who had suspended players for two games earlier this season for the same offense he committed be held to the same standards.
Well, according to our Missouri Rapid Reporter Dave Matter, that's exactly what Missouri is going to do.
Matter reports that Pinkel has been suspended for a week, including Saturday's game against Texas Tech, without pay. He'll be allowed to return to coaching on Thursday next week before Missouri's game against Kansas.
Defensive coordinator Dave Steckel will fill in as head coach in Pinkel's absence.
Matter also reports that Pinkel's weekly salary will be donated to the MU Wellness Resource Center, and that he will not receive a bowl bonus or social responsibility bonus this season. His salary will also be frozen for a year.
Athletic director Mike Alden also warned that any other arrests like this could result in Pinkel's termination.
"This has been an isolated incident and we do not expect any further issues such as this with coach Pinkel. But if in fact anything like that would ever happen again in the future, then further disciplinary action would be necessary in the future, up to and including termination," said Alden on Thursday evening.
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:02 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 12:03 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel was arrested for drunk driving on Wednesday night, and now his future at Missouri is in question. Whether or not he survives this mistake in Columbia is up to the school, and we can't be sure how Missouri athletic director Mike Alden will respond. Though we do know Alden is taking this seriously.
"We hold ourselves to very high standards, and this is a very serious breach of those responsibilities," said Alden in a statement on the arrest Thursday. "We are gathering facts and will take action appropriately, and when those actions are determined, we will communicate them publicly.”
While he waits to find out what the school will do, I know what Pinkel should do. He should not allow himself to be on the sideline on Saturday against Texas Tech. Consider it a self-suspension.
Earlier this season linebacker Will Ebner and tight end Beau Brinkley were both suspended the first two games of the year after each was arrested for DWI over the summer.
Isn't it only fair that the man who handed down those suspensions to his players hold himself to the same standard?
Gary Pinkel had a spotless record at Missouri before this incident, and has been a great leader of the program, but that shouldn't excuse him from the same standard of behavior he's held his players to. In fact, that's exactly why not coaching this weekend would be the right thing for Pinkel to do.
"I have already met with our staff and communicated with our players and have apologized to them. I accept full responsibility for my actions and will abide by whatever course of action our leadership deems appropriate," said Pinkel in his statement.
Accepting full responsibility should start this Saturday, coach.
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:03 am
Edited on: November 17, 2011 11:24 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Wednesday night, according to local authorities.
Records show that Boone County sheriff deputies pulled Pinkel over for lane and signal violations around 10 p.m., the sheriff's department reportedly said the Tigers' head coach was cooperative with authorities. This incident was Pinkel's first offense, and he was released after posting a $500 bond.
“Last night after practice, I met some friends for dinner," Pinkel explained in a prepared statement. "After dinner, I was stopped by a Boone County officer and received a citation for impaired driving. First and foremost, I am very disappointed in myself for my lack of judgment in this instance. Nobody should drink and drive, including me. My staff and I constantly reinforce with each of our players the importance of not putting yourself into a position such as this.
"I did not follow that here and for that, I sincerely apologize to the University of Missouri, to our administration, to the Board of Curators and to our fans. I have already met with our staff and communicated with our players and have apologized to them. I accept full responsibility for my actions and will abide by whatever course of action our leadership deems appropriate.”
“We are extremely disappointed in Gary’s lack of judgment. He is known as a man of great character and integrity," athletic director Mike Alden added. "However, this absolutely goes against everything we stand for, and everything that he teaches his players in regards to our social responsibilities. We hold ourselves to very high standards, and this is a very serious breach of those responsibilities. We are gathering facts and will take action appropriately, and when those actions are determined, we will communicate them publicly.”
Missouri faces Texas Tech on Saturday in Columbia, with hopes of building on their 17-5 against Texas last week. The Tigers haven't won back-to-back games all season, but have the chance to finish strong with Texas Tech and Kansas left on the schedule.
A win over the Red Raiders would pull Missouri to 4-4 in the conference and make them bowl eligible. The challenge for Pinkel to lead Missouri to the postseason will require overcoming this off-field distraction, as well as the loss of leading rusher Henry Josey (knee) for the rest of the season.
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