Gonzaga’s men’s basketball coach Mark Few suspended for season opener after DUI stoppage
Gonzaga’s men’s basketball coach Mark Few was suspended for the team’s season opener following his citation for driving under the influence in early September.
“I have had a month to reflect on the regrettable decisions I made on September 6,” Few said in a statement Saturday morning. “I again apologize and remain committed to learning from this mistake. Due to my error in judgment, I will not be attending Kraziness in the Kennel and the first three games of our season. I know that this impacts our student-athletes and coaching staff as we begin the season. I understand the seriousness of my actions and I am sorry for the impact this consequence has on our team. Thanks again to those who have supported me, my family and our program throughout this process. “
Gonzaga, the likely No.1 team of the preseason, will play their first game against Dixie State on November 9. Few are expected to return for the Bulldogs’ second game against Texas, a likely top-10 team.
Few will also miss Gonzaga’s midnight madness festivities on Saturday and exhibition games against Eastern Oregon and Lewis-Clark State.
Gonzaga sporting director Chris Standiford has expressed his support for Few following the coach’s announcement.
“As a sporting director, I believe it is possible to respond to both the seriousness of an incident and the need for accountability, while providing support and compassion to one who both accepts responsibility. and is committed to solving its failure, “Standiford said in a statement. “Coach Few’s statements of full accountability are a reflection of his character and consistent with his leadership approach demonstrated over two decades.”
According to a police report last month, Few was arrested shortly after 8 p.m. on September 6 following a report that he was driving erratically and speeding. After arresting Few, police said he was showing “several signs of intoxication” and refused to take field field sobriety tests. His blood alcohol samples were 0.119 and 0.120; the legal limit is 0.08.
Few have apologized after the incident, saying in a statement that he “would never allow such an error in judgment to happen again.”
“Please know that I am determined to learn from this mistake and will work to regain your confidence,” Few said.
Few of them have coached Gonzaga since 1999, leading the Zags to two Final Fours, including an appearance in a domestic championship game last season, when Gonzaga started 31-0 before losing to Baylor in the game. for the title.