Stemming from his DUI citation in early September, Gonzaga University men’s basketball head coach Mark Few has been suspended for one regular season game — the Bulldogs’ Nov. 9 opener vs. Dixie State. He will also be absent from Saturday's Kraziness in the Kennel as well as the Zags' two preseason home games.
Few was arrested while driving near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Sept. 6. In a statement issued by Coach Few Saturday morning, the Zags’ head coach of 20 years reiterated his apology and let the fans know the extent of his suspension.
“As a consequence of my error in judgment, I will not be present at Kraziness in the Kennel and the first three games of our season,” Few said in his statement. “I know this impacts our student-athletes and the coaching staff as we begin the season.”
GU’s two exhibition games will be hosted at the McCarthey Athletic Center as the Zags take on Eastern Oregon on Oct. 31 and Lewis-Clark State on Nov. 5. After missing those two games and the first game of the regular season, Few will return to the sidelines for GU’s Nov. 13 matchup against Texas, who finished as the No. 9 ranked team in the country last season.
While Few is away from team operations, assistant coach Brian Michaelson will assume head coaching duties.
“Coach Few’s statements regarding full accountability are a reflection of his character and consistent with his demonstrated leadership approach over two decades,” GU Athletic Director Chris Standiford said in a statement on Saturday. “Even as the University continues to work through and address this matter with Coach Few, I continue to have full faith and confidence in his leadership of this program.”