Missouri football coach suspended for DWI arrest

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 11:18am

BOONE COUNTY -- University of Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel is suspended after his overnight arrest on suspicion of DWI.

The suspension began around 2:45 p.m. today for one week.

Coach Pinkel will resume his duties next Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.

On Thursday, Athletic Director Mike Alden spoke about the details concerning Coach Pinkel's suspension saying, "There's no question that we're extremely disappointed on Gary's lack of judgment."

In addition, Pinkel will incur a one year salary freeze, do 50 hours of community service, donate one week's salary to the on campus alcohol awareness program, and if his team receives a bowl bid, Pinkel will not receive bonus monies.

Boone County Sheriff's Deputies pulled over Pinkel Wednesday night on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Pinkel had gone out to dinner with friends after football practice.

He was released from Boone County Jail after posting a $500 bond.

Dave Steckel will be acting head coach this Saturday when the Tigers host Texas Tech.


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