COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMOX) — The University of Missouri has begun an official investigation into the conduct of Tigers Football Coach Gary Pinkel, who was arrested last night for D-W-I.
Boone County Chief Deputy Tom Reddin says Pinkel was pulled over around 10 o’clock last night for lane and signal violations. “Upon contact, deputies developed probable cause to believe Mr. Pinkel was under the influence of alcoholic beverages,” Reddin said. Every morning at 7am , the department posts a daily arrest record on its website, covering the last 24 hours. But initially there was no mention of Pinkel’s arrest. Reddin says that was owing to a computer glitch and the arrest record was on-line by 9am.
Pinkel has released a statement, saying he had been drinking earlier with friends at dinner. He apologized to the school and Tigers fans, saying “I am very disappointed in myself for my lack of judgment.” Athletic Director Mike Alden has also released a statement saying Pinkel’s conduct “goes against everything we stand for, and everything that he teaches his players.” The University is now determining the proper course of action and Alden plans to meet with the media later today at 4pm.
Last summer, two Tigers players – linebacker Will Ebner and tight end Beau Brinkley – were arrested on DWI charges. Mizzou offensive line coach Bruce Walker was also booked for drinking and driving, though in his case he was reportedly waiting for a taxi in the parking lot of the Mizzou facilities but his car was running while he sat in the driver’s seat.
Statement from Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel
“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.”
Statement from Director of Athletics Mike Alden
“We are extremely 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. 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.”
Statement from Chancellor Brady Deaton
“I was deeply disappointed to hear the news about Coach Pinkel. Coaches must hold themselves to the very highest of standards. His lack of judgment is especially concerning since he serves as a role model for our students. I expect Mike Alden to take appropriate action and he has my support in doing so. 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.”