Missouri football coach Pinkel arrested on suspicion of DWI

Pinkel suspended for a week after Deaton said he expected Alden to take 'appropriate action'
Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 9:52 a.m. CST; updated 11:38 p.m. CST, Thursday, November 17, 2011

COLUMBIA — MU Chancellor Brady Deaton issued a statement Thursday saying that he expects Athletics Director Mike Alden to take "appropriate action" concerning football coach Gary Pinkel's arrest on suspicion of DWI Wednesday night.

"I expect Mike Alden to take appropriate action and he has my support in doing so," Deaton's statement said. "I also expect and believe that Coach Pinkel will accept full responsibility for his actions and will act in accordance with the standards he expects from his players."


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Pinkel has been suspended for one week without pay, athletics Director Mike Alden announced at a 4 p.m. news conference at Mizzou Arena.

Pinkel apologized Thursday morning via a statement of his own.

"First and foremost, I am very disappointed in myself for my lack of judgment in this instance. Nobody should drink and drive, including me. ... I sincerely apologize to the University of Missouri, to our administration, to the Board of Curators and to our fans," Pinkel said in the statement.

Alden also issued a statement saying he was "disappointed in Gary's lack of judgment."

"He is known as a man of great character and integrity.  However, this absolutely goes against everything we stand for and everything that he teaches his players in regards to our social responsibilities," Alden's statement said. "We are gathering facts and will take action appropriately, and when those actions are determined, we will communicate them publicly.”

Pinkel said that he met some friends for dinner, then was stopped by an officer and issued a citation for impaired driving.

Pinkel said in his statement that he has already met with the football team and staff and apologized to them.

Maj. Tom Reddin of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said Pinkel, who lives in the 4800 block of Silver Cliff Drive, was pulled over by sheriff’s deputies at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday on Keene Street just north of Broadway for lane and signal violations. Pinkel was driving a Chevy Avalanche.

Reddin said evidence was collected showing alcohol was involved, and Pinkel was taken into custody. Reddin said Pinkel was very cooperative while in custody.

Reddin said Pinkel's arrest did not show up on the department's 0700 report because of a "hiccup" that happens when information is posted around midnight. Reddin said the computer gets confused about where to put the information, so it doesn't show up.

Pinkel posted $500 bond and has been released. Reddin said the investigation was ongoing.

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Michael Williams November 17, 2011 | 10:26 a.m.

Oh good grief!

What's next in this "Wide World of MU Sports."

In the past, he's suspending players for the same thing, he's a current advocate for road safety, and an assistant coach got in trouble for DWI, too.

What were you thinking? Even worse, what will your players think? "Do as I say and not as I do" is not effective leadership strategy. How will you discipline your charges with a straight face from this point on?

I'm glad you didn't physically hurt anyone.

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Corey Parks November 17, 2011 | 10:31 a.m.

So will the university start looking for a new head coach for next season and let the assistant take over for the rest of the year? I know Pinkle had suspended or released players for similar reasons.

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Ellis Smith November 17, 2011 | 10:36 a.m.

He has a valid excuse for going on a bender. He'd just been advised that, sooner or later in the SEC, MU will have to play Alabama and LSU. Fortunately, they are in the Gumbo Division of the conference and MU won't need to play them often. Football teams in the Grits Division are less lethal.

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Ellis Smith November 17, 2011 | 1:16 p.m.
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Jan King November 21, 2011 | 10:11 a.m.

Gary Pinkle is going to donate one week's salary to a wellness program the MU owns. What is MU going to do with the bowl "bonus", and the other bonus' they aren't going to pay to Pinkle. MU, do the right thing and donate that money to a good cause.

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