On Gary Pinkel's arrest
The Kansas City Star
Maybe it’s that the standards for a college sports scandal have been dishearteningly redefined. Maybe it’s that, thankfully, nobody got hurt. Maybe it’s that, sadly, too many of us (me included) have driven when we should’ve called for a ride.
Whatever it is, I’m like Dennis Dodd and having a hard time raising hell about Gary Pinkel’s arrest on suspicion of DWI last night.
Of course it is an inexcusable mistake by a man who should and does know better. More than one-third of traffic deaths in Missouri are DUI-related, senseless and selfish deaths that we all should work harder to prevent.
Again, thankfully nobody got hurt last night. The arrest puts Missouri in position to either play this weekend’s game against Texas Tech without its head coach or be called hypocrites by some for not holding the head coach to the same behavioral standards as the players.
And it is, as this^ comment on the Star’s first story on this says, “the highlight of the KU football season.”
^ UPDATE: I mistakingly thought this was the first comment. It’s not, only the most recent when I checked. I’m easily confused early in the morning.
Pinkel is in his 11th season at Missouri, and has built enough capital to get through this and move on. Pinkel’s arrest is senseless and impossible to defend.
It also hardly registers in a new world of what constitutes a scandal.