MU's Pinkel suspended after DWI arrest

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel was given a one-week suspension without pay after his arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Wednesday night, the school announced on Thursday.

He'll return to the team next Thursday, and in the following week, his salary (approx. $52,000) will be donated to the MU Wellness Resource Center, which deals with alcohol issues on campus. He's also been made ineligible for various bonuses totalling a financial penalty of more than $300,000. He will also submit to 50 hours of community service.

Defensive coordinator Dave Steckel will coach the team on Saturday when Missouri takes on Texas Tech in its final home game of the season.

Pinkel will not be involved in any meetings or team activities during his week suspension, but will return and coach the team in its season finale against Kansas.

Mike Alden said he learned of the arrest at 6:45 a.m. on Thursday and met with Pinkel three times today. Pinkel told the team and apologized this morning before meeting with them earlier this afternoon before his suspension began.

The Tigers suspended two players, Will Ebner and Beau Brinkley, before the 2010 season for two games after drunk driving arrests.

Athletic director Mike Alden told reporters on Thursday he didn't believe one could apply a "cookie-cutter" approach to the suspensions. It's a debatable, but defensible position from my perspective. He also said he elected not to have Pinkel accompany him in the press conference because Alden said it was his responsibility to answer questions, not Pinkel's. Pinkel's one-week suspension comes with a whole lot of other penalties and one could make the case it adds up to an equal punishment, but what do you think?

Is Pinkel's punishment fair?