Gonzaga coach Mark Few apologizes for driving after drinking

9/7/2021 10:33:56 PM EST

Gonzaga coach Mark Few was cited for driving under the influence Monday night in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Few issued a statement late Tuesday apologizing.

"I believe as a leader and role model, I am expecting to be the best example," Few 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. I deeply regret disappointing any of the members of the community, the young men and women who comprise my campus community, and the University as a whole. In particular, I am sorry for the hurt that I have caused to those mose important to me -- my family, my players and my program."

According to a Coeur d'Alene police report, the 58-year-old Few had blood-alcohol content levels of .119 and .120.

The Coeur d'Alene Press said the report indicated Few was pulled over shortly before 9 p.m. local time.

The newspaper said Few was stopped "after he was called in as driving erratic and speeding. Mark exhibited several signs of intoxication. Mark refused to complete field sobriety tests but provided breath samples of 0.119 and 0.120."

The legal limit in Idaho is 0.08.

Gonzaga athletic director Chris Standiford confirmed the university is aware of Few's situation.

"While the facts of the situation are still being evaluated, we understand its severity and the legal process that will follow," Standiford said in a statement. "As a Gonzaga employee, we respect Coach Few's right to privacy and will refrain from further comment at this time."

Coeur d'Alene is approximately 35 miles east of Spokane, Wash., where the Gonzaga campus is located.

Few has a 630-125 record in 22 seasons as Gonzaga's coach. The Bulldogs lost to Baylor in last season's national title game and also lost to North Carolina in the 2017 championship contest.

--Field Level Media

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