Gonzaga coach Mark Few fined $ 1,000 to perform community service after pleading guilty to DUI
SPOKANE, Wash .– Gonzaga coach Mark Few has pleaded guilty to drunk driving in Idaho and is facing a $ 1,000 fine instead of spending four days in jail, court documents show.
He also has to do 24 hours of community service and his driver’s license has been suspended until November 5, after which he will have to use an engine immobilizer during his unsupervised probation for the following year. Few of them have completed a compulsory alcohol and drug class.
Few of them pleaded in a hearing Friday, saying he “pleaded guilty because I am guilty,” according to court documents.
The 58-year-old had faced a maximum sentence of six months in prison.
Few had previously been suspended for Gonzaga’s two exhibition games and the Nov. 9 season opener against Dixie State in the wake of the incident. He is expected to return for Gonzaga’s Nov. 13 game against the Texas No.5 in Spokane.
Few were pulled over by a police officer in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on September 6 after someone reported seeing a black SUV lurch erratically and accelerate. He initially refused to leave the vehicle and told the officer he had previously suffered ankle and knee injuries that prevented him from performing field sobriety tests, according to a police report. .
Few also initially told the officer that he did not drink alcoholic beverages and then later said he had a few beers. He told police he was returning from his vacation home in Hayden Lake, Idaho, and was on his way to Spokane, about 30 miles west.
He provided breath samples at the scene which recorded blood alcohol concentrations of 0.119 and 0.120, which is above the legal limit of 0.08.
Few have repeatedly apologized for his actions.
âI have had a month to reflect on the regrettable decisions I made on September 6,â Few said in a press release earlier this month. “I once again offer my sincere apologies and remain committed to learning from this mistake.”
Gonzaga officials declined to comment on Wednesday, referring reporters to previous statements.
Few have coached Gonzaga for 22 seasons and have never sparked much controversy off the field before this year. He has taken the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament every year, except in 2020, when the tournament was canceled due to the pandemic.
He’s 630-125 at Gonzaga and his 0.834 winning percentage is the best of any active coach. Few people earlier this year led the Bulldogs to their second national title game, where they lost to Baylor.