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Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel charged with DWI

Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:03 am
Edited on: November 17, 2011 11:24 am
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Wednesday night, according to local authorities.

Records show that Boone County sheriff deputies pulled Pinkel over for lane and signal violations around 10 p.m., the sheriff's department reportedly said the Tigers' head coach was cooperative with authorities. This incident was Pinkel's first offense, and he was released after posting a $500 bond.

“Last night after practice, I met some friends for dinner," Pinkel explained in a prepared statement. "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.”

“We are extremely disappointed in Gary’s lack of judgment. He is known as a man of great character and integrity," athletic director Mike Alden added. "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 faces Texas Tech on Saturday in Columbia, with hopes of building on their 17-5 against Texas last week. The Tigers haven't won back-to-back games all season, but have the chance to finish strong with Texas Tech and Kansas left on the schedule.

A win over the Red Raiders would pull Missouri to 4-4 in the conference and make them bowl eligible. The challenge for Pinkel to lead Missouri to the postseason will require overcoming this off-field distraction, as well as the loss of leading rusher Henry Josey (knee) for the rest of the season.



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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 8:25 am
 

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel charged with DWI

chjohnst2 -- Always nice to converse with someone of high moral and mental character who must resort to profanity for absolutely no reason.  Great example for the kids monitoring these posts.
Kid should be in school, and trust me, they are already using bad language


Whether I have ever driven after a few drinks is not germaine to this story
Sure it is.  I was curious about whether or not you are a hypocrite, and it appears that you are





Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel charged with DWI

Pinkel will show his character today and announce that he will serve a one game suspension this Saturday.  Then he will meet with himself and decide if he is remorseful enough.  If he is not then he will suspend himself through the probable season ending bowl game.  You have given new meaning to the Mizzou practice of having a game day Black Out to ramp up school spirit.  Good for you, Gary.  You know an idiot when you look in the mirror and you will take stern action to stop yourself from potential harm to the community while you drive under the influence.  Go Tigers!



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 3:18 pm
 

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel charged with DWI

Let me first say this. Boone county cops are ruthless, very rude and do not give any leeway to anything and will pull you over for even the slightest thing. The would not have shown any mercy on Gary Pinkel or anyone they pulled over. So take that into account. If it had been St. Louis city cops for instance they probably would have let him call a cab back to the hotel and pick up his car in the morning or get someone else to come drive his car. back. And probably the county would have done the same thing IF and only IF his bac wasn't that high. If his story is true that he only went out for dinner few a couple of hours or so then it is likely his bac wasn't crazy hight. But again I don't know any of those facts. I am willing to bet that 9 out of 10 posters here have a few beers and drive home. I do. I suspect I am very likely under .08 but there may be times I am at .09 or so when i drive home. And remember the legal limit was .12 not that many years ago. I am in no way impaired and not able to drive a vehicle after a few beers. People may argue, but I promise you after 2 beers I am  much better driver then when I just get off of work all amped up on caffiene after a stressfull day staring at a computer sreen all day. The being said I don't drink and drive after a few beers and I don't have the disposable income to pay for cabs all the time. And sometimes I want to go have a few beers somewhere not within walking distance of my home. In the rare instance I may be at .09 and driving and some jerk of a cop really wants to give a dwi to a clearly non impaired person then I guess I just got really unlucky. However Gary Pinkel who makes millions of dollars and is the face of a university needs to be held up to higher standard and set a good example. And he has millions of dollars so he can afford a cab or even a driver for that matter. What it comes to is these stupid madd people saying "ohy my god he had two beers and is getting behind a wheel!" Call the national guard becuase he is going to kill someone! A very large portion of the population of this country goes out and has a few beers or drinks and then drives home. It's the people that have more than that and drive that we need to stop from being on the roads.



Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel charged with DWI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79odvI6K5lI



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel charged with DWI

Hahahaha nice spelling you idiot!!

Make that a break not brake in that second so called sentance of mine.



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel charged with DWI

He is just trying to get the team on the same level as the SEC. Brake rules, say a few hail marys, and call it a day after the game or practice. After the game he will administer a 7.5 minute suspension for the following game. If he gets beat up on he will just pay the AD a few hundred thousand and than call it the day. I'm so proud of Pinkel for stepping up to the SEC plate and swinging for the fence. GREAT JOB!!!!



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel charged with DWI

MUBull -- I assume this response was meant for me.  My reference to "covering up" had nothing to do with the story or anyone it.  In fact, I believe the officer performed his job admirably considering he could have done the opposite and let another high profile person walk away without incident.  And, Coach P should be admired for his remorse and willing admission of poor choice.  If you follow the posts, my response was actually directed at chjohnst2, who implied the officer should have just given him a warning and either sent him on his way or gave him a ride home.  That is not the officer's job.  The comparison to Penn St was not intended to argue they are the same circumstances in any respect, only that the cover-up mentality seems to be the most commonly used approach to avoid dealing with important issues.



Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:53 pm
 

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel charged with DWI

Are you kidding me???!!!  No respect for the community he lives in for arresting a drunk driver??!!!  I hope you are joking because if you are not you are probably one of the most clueless individuals on the planet.  Sooo, you don't arrest someone who is driving drunk because they are a college football coach???  It's o.k. because he didn't KILL ANYONE??!!  You need to have a nice tall cup of shut the hell up and get a clue about the realities of the world.  You break the law you pay the price, end of story.  I guess in your world as long as no one is killed then it's no harm no foul.  The Police have a job to do and this officer did his job.  If anyone needs to be blamed for "hurting the football program" or "hurting the community" how about blaming the man who showed a complete lack of judgement and yet is supposed to be a "leader" and set an example.....Gary Pinkel!!

"Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life son."   Dean Wormer - Animal House



Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel charged with DWI

Hope you enjoy staying in the Big XII as Texas' lapdog.  I'll be there on November 26th, 50 yard line upper bowl to watch another merciless drubbing of the Jayhawks.  Maybe you guys can bring more fans this year - last year your side was practically empty.  Maybe you can bring back Mangino, if the facilities staff at Arrowhead can find enough towels for him to wipe with.



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel charged with DWI

chjohnst2 -- Always nice to converse with someone of high moral and mental character who must resort to profanity for absolutely no reason.  Great example for the kids monitoring these posts.

Your point of not knowing the circumstances is valid, but the issue I was addressing was your willingness to simply "cover it up" for the sake of moving on.  Fact is, we don't know his BAC, but there was obviously sufficient evidence or cause to warrant a charge being filed.  I assume this was validated with a field sobriety test or breathalizer.  Whether I have ever driven after a few drinks is not germaine to this story.  But, since you ask so eloquently, I will admit I have had drinks and drove when I was younger.  But, I grew up and realized I have greater responsibilities than to myself, so I never drive after drinking now and always have an alternate plan.  I was an idiot when I was younger and would have deserved to have gotten caught/punished.  Ignoran
ce in the moment is no excuse and a man in Coach P's position should know better.


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