Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few has been suspended from the team’s season opener after being ticketed for drink-driving in early September.
“I’ve had a month to reflect on the regrettable decisions I made on Sept. 6,” Few said in a statement Saturday morning. “I again sincerely apologize and I remain committed to learning from this mistake. As a result of my error of judgment I will not be attending Krazinness at the Kennel and the first three games of our season. I know there will be consequences to our student-athletes and the coaching staff at the start of the season. I understand the gravity of my actions and I am sorry for the impact this has had on our team. Thank you again to those who supported me, my family and our program have supported this process throughout the program.”
Gonzaga, the likely No. 1 preseason team, will play its opener against Dixie State on Nov. 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 Saturday and exhibition games against Eastern Oregon and Lewis-Clark State.
According to a police report last month, Few was arrested shortly after 8 p.m. on Sept. 6 after being reported that he was driving erratically and speeding. After Few’s arrest, police said he showed “several signs of intoxication” and refused to complete sobriety tests in the field. His blood alcohol samples were 0.119 and 0.120; the legal limit is 0.08.
Few apologized after the incident, saying in a statement that he would “never allow such an error of judgment again”.
“Please know that I am determined to learn from this mistake and will work to regain your trust in me,” Few said.
Few have coached Gonzaga since 1999, leading the Zags to two Final Fours, including a National Championship game last season when Gonzaga started 31-0 before falling to Baylor’s title game.