Gonzaga males’s basketball coach Mark Few has been suspended for the staff’s season opener following his quotation for driving beneath the affect in early September.
“I have had a month to reflect on the regretful decisions I made on Sept. 6,” Few mentioned in an announcement Saturday morning. “I again offer my sincere apology and I remain committed to learning from this mistake. As a consequence of my error in judgment, I will not be present at Kraziness in the Kennel and the first three games of our season. I know this impacts our student-athletes and the coaching staff as we begin the season. I understand the severity of my actions and am sorry for the impact this consequence has on our team. Thank you again to those who have supported me, my family, and our program throughout this process.”
Gonzaga, the possible preseason No. 1 staff, performs its opener towards Dixie State on Nov. 9. Few is predicted to return for the Bulldogs’ second recreation towards Texas, a probable top-10 staff.
Few may even miss Gonzaga’s midnight insanity festivities Saturday and exhibition video games towards Eastern Oregon and Lewis-Clark State.
Gonzaga athletic director Chris Standiford expressed assist for Few following the coach’s announcement.
“As Athletic Director I believe it is possible to both address the seriousness of an incident and the need for accountability, while extending support and compassion to one who both accepts responsibility and commits to resolve their failing,” Standiford mentioned in an announcement. “Coach Few’s statements regarding full accountability are a reflection of his character and consistent with his demonstrated leadership approach over two decades.”
According to a police report final month, Few was pulled over shortly after 8 p.m. on Sept. 6 following a report he was driving erratically and rushing. After pulling Few over, police mentioned he exhibited “several signs of intoxication” and refused to finish subject sobriety assessments. His blood alcohol content material samples have been .119 and .120; the authorized restrict is .08.
Few apologized after the incident, saying in an announcement that he would “never allow such a lapse in judgment to occur again.”
“Please know that I am committed to learning from this mistake and will work to earn back your trust in me,” Few mentioned.
Few has coached Gonzaga since 1999, main the Zags to 2 Final Fours together with a nationwide championship recreation look final season, when Gonzaga began 31-0 earlier than falling to Baylor within the title recreation.