Missouri's head football coach Gary Pinkel was arrested last night on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. This was Pinkel's first offense. He posted $500 bond. He was alone in his vehicle when he was pulled over.
Today, Pinkel released the following statement:
"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."
Pinkel has coached at Missouri since 2001, compiling a record of 82-54. The Tigers are 5-5 this season. Pinkel will not coach this week's game against Texas Tech.