Gonzaga men’s basketball coach Mark Few will miss his team’s season opener next month after a DUI arrest in September.
Few was cited for driving under the influence in Idaho when he blew breathalyzer samples of .119 and .12, well above the legal limit.
“I’ll 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 said in a statement at the time.
The announcement of his suspension was first reported by Dana O’Neil of the Athletic.
“I have had a month to reflect on the regretful decisions I made on Sept. 6,” Few said in a statement Saturday morning. “I again offer my sincere apology and I remain committed to learning from this mistake. 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.”
Gonzaga athletic director Chris Standiford voiced support for Few and said his decision to be away from the team is indicative of his character.
“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 said in a statement. “Coach Few’s statements regarding full accountability are a reflection of his character and consistent with his demonstrated leadership approach over two decades.”
Few has been at the helm at Gonzaga since 1999 and the Bulldogs open their season Nov. 9 against Dixie State. Few will return to the sideline against Texas on Nov. 13.
Since taking over at Gonzaga, Few is 630-124, good for an .836 winning percentage, an NCAA record for coaches with more than 600 games. He’s also led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament in every year except one — 2020 — when it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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