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MU’s Pinkel Explains DUI, Apologizes; School Mulls Punishment

The University of Missouri has now put out a press release regarding the arrest on DWI/DUI charges of head football coach Gary Pinkel.  The highlights:


“Last night after practice, I met some friends for dinner.  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.” — Pinkel


“We are extremely disappointed in Gary’s lack of judgement.  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.  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 AD Mike Alden


We anticipate Pinkel’s contract will be impacted by this arrest.  Whether that means he won’t be given a typical one-year extension on his deal or he’ll have to deal with some new “one strike and you’re out” clauses in the pact, it seems likely that the coach will be hit, but won’t be let go.  He might also face a one-game suspension (the Tigers play Texas tech on Saturday).

Another punishment will be the fact that he’ll now have to deal with this issue on the recruiting trail when talking to moms and dads.  (You don’t think SEC coaches would ever engage in negative recruiting do you?)

Overall, we have to say that Missouri might not be a good cultural fit for the SEC after all.  Why?  Because if this had been a current SEC coach who’d been arrested for DUI, we’d have already had a hundred angry emails from his supporters spelling out the “major” differences between being arrested and being cited.

 


12 comments
John
John

The punishment (in my opinion) is way above the offense here. 1st offense. I think the whole Penn State fiasco has administrations afraid not to come down fast and heavy on any violations. Also, in todays internet age, any cop to look the other way will be in big big trouble 5 minutes after the incident.

BreakawayZou83
BreakawayZou83

Damn it, Pinkel... you should know what Columbia's 24 year-old super cops are like by now.

jojo1504
jojo1504

I do not think a SEC coach would ever be givin a ticket in there home town.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Completely disagree. Most small town cops loooooove to get the local celebrities in legal trouble. Little man syndrome.

Paul
Paul

They'll catch on. Give them time.

tradeassociation
tradeassociation

Pinkel won't coach Saturday. If they lose that game, it will get extremely ugly, especially if they ultimately wind up not making a bowl game. Pinkel's a good coach, but far from untouchable. But it is amazing: Georgia fired their very successful and highly respected AD without a second thought, but a far less successful head coach at what isn't even regarded as a football power will have a much greater chance to survive. It really is a commentary on priorities in college athletics, as if we didn't already know that from the Penn State mess.

Aaron Brown
Aaron Brown

The UGA mess was much worse than this situation with Pinkel. Damon Evans was with a possible prostitute, had her panties in his lap, was totally wasted, was uncooperative, and was trying to use his position to get out of the arrest.

Totally different situation.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

tradeassociation...

You have to put things in context, though. Pinkel's is a bad mistake. But Evans' situation -- due to who was in his car (which was no one's business, I might add) -- was going to be a tabloid-esque scandal that would have dragged UGA's name through the mud for weeks to come. I'm not defending Pinkel, but a lot of these moves are PR based. And as noted above, they also allow politics to play a role.

Our guess is that with Mizzou transitioning to the SEC, they won't want to go through a coaching transition at the exact same time unless it's absolutely necessary. After all, Pinkel has turned MU's program around and had them ranked #1 in the country in 2007.

I think's he's safe. And the Evans thing had another issue at play (which I chose not to mention in our earlier post... though I probably should have).

Thanks as always for reading,
John

TampaTiger87
TampaTiger87

John,

There could be some blowback here. Gary hasn't been the easiest to deal within the Administration. There was a little faction that didn't want to leave the B12 but the Board, Athletic dept, and the fans grassroots movement overwhelmingly did. This might not just go away quietly.

Truman the Tiger
Truman the Tiger

John do you personally think Pinkel will be fired for this?

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Truman the Tiger...

Have written twice today -- including in the story above -- that I do not. A suspension, maybe. A new "one-strike and you're out" clause in his contract, maybe. But Missouri would be crazy to fire him for such an offense. It was a dangerous, serious mistake... but it's a mistake lots and lots and lots of people make. Not excusing it, just saying that -- since there was no accident -- this isn't a Penn State type mess... no matter how big we in the press want to blow it up.

Could be wrong, but I think if Pinkel were going to be fired it would've happened immediately.

John

Truman the Tiger
Truman the Tiger

Thanks John,
I enjoy having Pinkel as a coach here and he has had much success, it would be a real shame for him to get fired now i feel..... I also love the website, i go here to get all my news now regarding the SEC and the University of Missouri, you all do a great job!

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