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Pinkel Suspended One Week

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Missouri Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel leads his team on to the field for a game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri on October 15, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel leads his team on to the field for a game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri on October 15, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMOX) — The University of Missouri has made a decision to suspend football head coach Gary Pinkel for one week without pay.  Pinkel, the coach for Mizzou since 2001, will not be on the sidelines this Saturday when the Tigers host the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Faurot Field.  He will be back for the game against Kansas plus the bowl game if Mizzou qualifies.

The decision was made following his DWI arrest on Wednesday evening in Boone County.  University of Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden made the announcement on Thursday afternoon in Columbia along with some other provisions that Pinkel will have to meet.

Once the suspension is over, Pinkel will then donate next weeks salary to University of Missouri alcohol awareness program.  Along with that, Pinkel will have a  one-year salary freeze and will not receive a bowl bonus if the 2011 team can qualify over their final 2 games of the season.

A Boone County deputy stopped Pinkel, 59, in the northbound lane of the 200 block of North Keene Street near Broadway about 10:15 pm for lane and signal violations.  Pinkel cooperated with the authorities and was booked at the Boone County Jail on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

During Gary Pinkel’s tenure as head coach, standard practice for players with similar offenses is to be suspended two games.  Will Ebner and Beau Brinkley were arrested on similar charges last year, and each sat out two games.  That came weeks after assistant coach Bruce Walker was arrested on suspicion of DUI.  Walker’s penalties were kept internal.

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