Gary Pinkel And Mike Alden Statements

Released statements from Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel and Missouri athletic director Mike Alden regarding Coach Pinkel's recent legal matter

Statement from Gary Pinkel, Mike Alden

For Immediate Release                                           Thursday, November 17, 2011                    

Statement from Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel "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."

Statement from Director of Athletics Mike Alden"We are extremely disappointed in Gary's lack of judgment.  He is known as a man of great character and integrity.  However, this absolutely goes against everything we stand for, and everything that he teaches his players in regards to our social responsibilities.  We hold ourselves to very high standards, and this is a very serious breach of those responsibilities.  We are gathering facts and will take action appropriately, and when those actions are determined, we will communicate them publicly."

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