Mark Few, Gonzaga's men's basketball coach, has been suspended indefinitely following a citation for driving while under the influence in September.
Few stated Saturday morning that she had taken a month to reflect upon the mistakes made on Sept. 6. "I once again apologize and remain committed to learning from my mistake. My error of judgment has caused me to miss Kraziness at the Kennel as well as the first three games this season. As we start the season, I am aware of the impact this has on our student-athletes as well as the coaching staff. I am sorry for the consequences of my actions. I want to thank all those who supported me, my family and our program during this difficult time.
Gonzaga is the preseason No. On Nov. 9, Gonzaga, the preseason No. 1 team, will face Dixie State. The Bulldogs will be playing Texas in their second game on Nov. 9. Few are expected to return. Texas is a top-10 team.
Many will not be able to miss Gonzaga’s Saturday night madness and exhibition games against Eastern Oregon or Lewis-Clark State.
Following the announcement of Few, Chris Standiford, Gonzaga's athletic director, expressed his support.
Standiford stated in a statement that "As Athletic Director, I believe it's possible to simultaneously address the seriousness and need for accountability while also extending support to one who accepts responsibility and promises to fix their failure." "Coach Few's statements about full accountability reflect his character and are consistent with his leadership style over the past two decades."
A police report from last month states that Few was stopped shortly after 8 p.m. Sept. 6, following a report that he was speeding and driving erratically. Police pulled Few over because he displayed "several signs" of intoxication and refused to take field sobriety tests. His blood alcohol levels were.119 and 0.120 respectively; the legal limit for this is.08.
Few later apologized for the incident and stated that he would never allow another such error in judgment.
Few stated, "Please be assured that I will learn from my mistake and work hard to earn your trust again in me."
Few has been Gonzaga's coach since 1999. He led the Zags through two Final Fours, including one national championship game appearance.