It's just a warmup. You know you're SEC ready when you're pulled over clutching the panties of girl in the passenger seat who doesn't happen to be your wife.
Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel was arrested around 10pm CT last night on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The 59-year-old was released on a $500 bond after being charged with a DWI/DUI first offense.
Pinkel’s attorney has confirmed that his client was arrested, but MU officials have made no comments as of yet.
Pinkel — who is a product of Don James’ coaching tree, like Nick Saban — has turned Missouri’s football fortunes around since arriving in Columbia. With the Tigers going through an SEC transition next season, it’s unlikely that this arrest will lead to a dismissal, as was the case with former Georgia AD Damon Evans in 2010.
And heck, maybe coaches drinking and driving is a Show-Me-State thing.
In 1987, then Missouri coach Woody Widenhofer was arrested for DUI after a Tiger football game. In 2007, former St. Louis Cardinals skipper Tony LaRussa was arrested after falling asleep at the wheel of his car — while stopped at a red light — during spring training in Jupiter, Florida.