Gonzaga Men’s basketball coach Mark Fuke has been fired for several games after being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on a Labor Day weekend.
In addition to the two exhibition games, the suspension will result in a few absences from the Bulldogs season opener against Dixie State in November.
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“I had a month to reflect on the unfortunate decisions I made in September,” some said in a statement.
“I know it affects our student-athletes and coaching staff when we start the season. I understand the intensity of my work and I’m sorry for the impact this has had on our team.”
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Several people were arrested last month after law enforcement noticed the coach smelling alcohol on his breath and had bloodshot eyes during a traffic stop. Despite initially telling police he did not drink, some of the breathing samples provided at the scene registered blood-alcohol concentrations of .119 and .120, which is above the legal limit of .08.
Despite his arrest and subsequent bans, he will continue to lead a few bulldogs with full support of the program.
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Gonzaga Athletic Director Chris Stanford said in a statement, “I believe that both the seriousness of an incident and the need for accountability can be addressed, while both take responsibility and express support and sympathy for those who promise to address their failures.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.