Saul Smith, Gophers’ Assistant Coach, Suspended for DWI

Saul Smith, Gophers’ Assistant Coach, Suspended for DWI

Saul Smith

According to the Twin Cities’ Pioneer Press, the University of Minnesota’s men’s basketball assistant coach, Saul Smith, received a DWI charge in Minneapolis this past week. Norwood Teague, Gophers Athletics Director, stated that Smith “no longer is on unpaid administrative leave, but he is suspended through November 13.” His salary of about $94,775 was reinstated on Friday.

Smith, who is also the son of Gophers head coach Tubby Smith, will not be present in any practices nor any of the four upcoming games.

Smith was charged with a fourth-degree DWI. Legal investigations from the Minnesota State Patrol have evidence that his blood-alcohol level had been .18, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08. He will be summoned to a court hearing on November 9.

Teague added to his statements by saying, “I’ve discussed with Saul in depth just the nature of his actions and how inappropriate they were…how actions like this damage the reputation of the university as a whole…Saul has taken responsibility and been very remorseful about his actions…” Smith has agreed to take counseling and alcohol abuse education. Teague warned that if another behavioral situation such as this were to happen again, Smith’s job position could be terminated.

If you or someone you know has been arrested for driving drunk, contact a skilled and experienced Minnesota DWI attorney for legal assistance.

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