Gonzaga men’s basketball coach Mark Few will miss the season-opener as part of a suspension stemming from his September citation for driving under the influence, he said in a statement Saturday.
Few, whose Bulldogs are expected to be ranked No. 1 to start the season, will miss the program’s annual pre-season fan event Saturday, two exhibitions against Eastern Oregon (Oct. 31) and Lewis-Clark State (Nov. 5), and the Nov. 9 season-opener against Dixie State.
The 58-year-old is expected to return for Gonzaga’s second regular-season game against Texas on Nov. 13.
“I have had a month to reflect on the regretful decisions I made on Sept. 6,” Few said in a statement. “I again offer my sincere apology and I remain committed to learning from this mistake … I understand the severity of my actions and am sorry for the impact this consequence has on our team.”
Last month, Few was cited outside of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for DUI, and his breath samples reportedly showed a blood alcohol content level of .119 and .120 — above the legal limit of .008. He initially told a police officer that he hadn’t been drinking, according to documents cited by the Associated Press, before then allegedly stating that he’d consumed two beers that day with the last drink coming four hours before driving.
For the past 21 seasons, Few has helped build Gonzaga’s program into a national powerhouse, having won 83.4 percent of his games.
The Bulldogs went 31-0 last season before falling to Baylor in the national championship game. Gonzaga again is expected to compete for the crown, with the return of star forward Drew Timme and the debut of center Chet Holmgren, who was ranked the No. 1 player in the Class of 2021.