Gonzaga men’s basketball coach Mark Few was issued a citation for driving under the influence on Monday night, according to a police report obtained by ESPN on Tuesday.
According to the report, Few was pulled over on Monday shortly after 8 p.m. north of Coeur d’Alene, a popular vacation destination in Idaho. Police received a report that Few was driving erratically and speeding.
Upon pulling Few over, police said he exhibited “several signs of intoxication” and refused to complete field sobriety tests. His blood alcohol content samples were .119 and .120. The legal limit is .08.
In a statement Tuesday night, Few apologized for what he called a “lapse in judgment”.
“I believe as a leader and role model, I am expected to set only the best example,” he said. “The decisions I made yesterday do not exemplify this standard and for that, I sincerely apologize to you all. I recognize that operating a motor vehicle after consuming any amount of alcohol exhibits poor judgment.
“Regardless of the outcome of the pending investigation, I will 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.”
Gonzaga athletic director Chris Standiford released a statement saying the school is aware of the report regarding Few.
“While the facts of the situation are still being evaluated, we understand its severity and the legal process that will follow,” Standiford said. “As a Gonzaga employee, we respect Coach Few’s right to privacy and will refrain from further comment at this time.”
Few has been the head coach at Gonzaga since 1999, helping the Bulldogs become one of college basketball’s most successful programs. He has led the Zags to two Final Four appearances, including a national championship game appearance last season, when Gonzaga started 31-0 before falling to Baylor in the title game.