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Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel arrested for DWI

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Uh.  Oh.

KOMU-TV is reporting that Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel was arrested late Wednesday night by Boone County sheriff’s and charged with driving while intoxicated.  Pinkel was pulled over in Columbia at shortly after 11 p.m. ET for what the television station described as lanes violations.

He was released from the Boone County Jail after posting a $500 bond.  This was his first offense according to the Boone County Sheriff’s website.

The school has yet to comment on their head coach’s arrest.  The 5-5 Tigers play a home game against Texas Tech this weekend, although Pinkel’s own precedent suggests he shouldn’t be on the sidelines coaching his team.

In August of 2010, Missouri players Will Ebner and Beau Brinkley were charged with DWIs and were suspended by Pinkel for the first two games of the season.  Certainly the head coach should be held to a higher standard than his players, right?

UPDATED 10:52 p.m. ET: For those curious, below is Pinkel’s mugshot, courtesy of a very kind reader who I suspect is a very fervent Kansas Jayhawk fan based on the number of times the acronyms “LOL” and “LMAO” were used in the email.

UPDATED 11:41 p.m. ET: Pinkel and athletic director Mike Alden have released statements addressing the arrest. You can read them by clicking HERE.

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15 Responses to “Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel arrested for DWI”
  1. rendadoll says: Nov 17, 2011 10:17 AM

    Don’t drink and drive! How many times does the States and Federal Governments have to preach it in PSA commercials? Buzzed driving is Drunk driving….

    Pinkel you are some role model for your team…

  2. drj5412 says: Nov 17, 2011 10:22 AM

    These guys make a ton of money. You’re telling me they can’t pay $20 for a cab or a driver to get them home? Pathetic.

  3. tubaplayingprof says: Nov 17, 2011 10:33 AM

    Cue the Urban Meyer’s return to the SEC rumors.

  4. 700levelvet says: Nov 17, 2011 10:45 AM

    Should he not be released of his duties immediately? Or will they wait until innocent victims are involved?

  5. jasong812 says: Nov 17, 2011 10:47 AM

    Urban Meyer is not going to coach Mizzou.

  6. deadeye says: Nov 17, 2011 10:49 AM

    It’s not his fault, he was distraught over the move to the SEC.

  7. alligatorsnapper says: Nov 17, 2011 10:59 AM

    deadeye: You are right on…that must be it because that excuse is in keeping with all the “blaim someone else” trend nowadays.

    So Coach Pinkel will suspend himself 2 games like Eber and Brinkley and add another 3 games for being the coach, so that would make a 5 game suspension. Pinkel then donates his pay for those suspended games to MADD or SADD or other anti-drunk driving charities. That would set a good example and provide him with a memory not to do that again.

    Does anyone know if this is Pinkel’s first DWI? Or has he had others?

  8. kcrobert10 says: Nov 17, 2011 11:00 AM

    Well if there looking for a reason to move him out than he will be gone by this weekend. Don’t think they will and even though I would be doing the dance of joy in the street if the got myer its not going to happen.

  9. bozosforall says: Nov 17, 2011 11:22 AM

    Dude can’t afford a driver? Yet another rich idiot in the world of sports.

  10. bozosforall says: Nov 17, 2011 11:23 AM

    UPDATED 10:52 p.m. ET: For those curious, below is Pinkel’s mugshot, courtesy of a very kind reader who I suspect is a very fervent Kansas LAMEhawk fan based on the number of times the acronyms “LOL” and “LMAO” were used in the email.

    Fixed it for ya.

  11. drummerhoff says: Nov 17, 2011 11:34 AM

    A future SEC schedule will do that to any head coach.

  12. BrownsTown says: Nov 17, 2011 12:53 PM

    AK rowdy!

    C’mon, Gary!

  13. Deb says: Nov 17, 2011 2:33 PM

    Oh no. He’s been doing so well in that job. Why can’t people call a cab or assign a designated driver? It’s one thing with the kids, but you’d think the coaches would have better sense.

  14. Jered Snow says: Nov 17, 2011 5:14 PM

    This is a tragic to this happen to the program. They are attempting to make a big move to the SEC. This is not the publicity the program needs right now..

  15. Derty Ernie says: Nov 17, 2011 6:47 PM

    Fire the bum. He knows better than to teach his kids how to drunk and derve

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