It is reportedly Pinkel's first DWI arrest, and he was released on bail. The Star's Mike DeArmond has this curious detail: "Officers of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest near the Missouri Orthopedic Institute, a medical facility at which Missouri running back Henry Josey is being treated following Sunday surgery for a season-ending knee injury."
Strange. The Tigers take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday in Columbia.
UPDATE: Here's the statement from 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."
And here's Alden's response:
"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."
Alden will address the media at 4 p.m. today.