Flash back to 2010, after a rash of arrests including numerous DUI's, Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel said the following
"We've worked real hard to develop and build a program I think that has a very good reputation of being first class and disciplined, And we've taken a few hits. The only way you're going to get that back is to earn it back. That's what we intend to do."
Back to the present. Gary Pinkel, Mizzou's head coach since 2001, was arrested last night on suspicion of DUI. Pinkel was pulled over shortly around 10 PM last night for what is being called lane and signal violations. It was Pinkel's first offense, and he was released on $500 bail.
Pinkel is singing a different tune now when it's his ass on the wrong side of the law. He released a statement saying:
“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.”Now two of the players arrested for DUI in 2010, according to CFT, were suspended 2 games. Let's see if coaches are held to the same standards as the players.
Update: Pinkel is apparently heavily invested in a mission to stop drunk driving as well. Pinkel served as the spokesman for "Arrive Alive" for the Missouri DOT, and appeared on posters and billboards.
Update: Dashcam footage of Gary Pinkel's arrest has been released by the Boone County Sherrifs Department. The play by play includes the first test of vertical and horizontal gaze tests.
After that Pinkel is asked about his highest level of education, to which he states that he has his masters degree (he got it at Bowling Green and Kent State). He then proceeds to shit all over the value of Kent States and Bowling Greens graduate programs. He is asked to recite the alphabet from the letter E to the letter R. After getting more clarification than could possibly be needed, he begins. "E-F-G-H-R" is what comes to mind for Pinkel. He then asks the officer if he passed the test, and he responds "there is a couple extra letters between H and R."
Next comes counting, to which he is asked to count backwards from 73 to 62, and he didn't even get a chance to fuck up again, stating that he can't even do that "normally." Maybe it's just me but when you're taking a DUI test you might not want to state that you are not "normal." Pinkel was placed under arrest and taken to the hospital for a blood draw following his failure on the tests.