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College football notes: Missouri coach pays for DUI charge

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel's arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol will keep him off the sidelines for the Tigers' home finale Saturday against Texas Tech and could cost him as much as $306,538.

Pinkel can return to his office next Thursday and coach the Tigers in the Border War against Kansas on Nov. 26. But Missouri athletic director Mike Alden, in an afternoon news conference at Mizzou Arena, announced several penalties against Pinkel including:

A one-week suspension without pay — $40,769 in base salary and guaranteed incentives; an additional week's salary donated to the Missouri Wellness Resource Center, a campus program that deals with alcohol, tobacco and other substance abuse prevention and treatment; a one-year salary freeze; elimination of a $75,000 bowl bonus; and completion of 50 hours community service and a written public letter of apology.

Pinkel, in a statement, said he met friends for dinner after practice Wednesday and was stopped afterward.

"First and foremost, I am very disappointed in myself for my lack of judgment in this instance," he said. "Nobody should drink and drive, including me. My staff and I constantly reinforce with each of our players the importance of not putting yourself into a position such as this.

"I did not follow that here and for that, I sincerely apologize to the University of Missouri, to our administration, to the Board of Curators and to our fans."

Columbia bans band

Headed to another winless season, Columbia's football team is going quietly.

The university administration has banned Columbia's marching band from playing Saturday during the season finale against Brown at Baker Field because the musicians mocked the team's poor performance by using alternate words to the school fight song last weekend during a 62-41 loss at Cornell.

The New York City school said in a statement that the group, which bills itself as the "Cleverest Band in the World," used lyrics to the effect of "Why do we even try, we always lose" in a parody of Roar, Lion, Roar, which urges the Lions to "wake the echoes of the Hudson Valley" and "fight on to victory evermore."

According to the Columbia Spectator, the alternate lyrics also included: "We always lose, lose, lose; by a lot, and sometimes by a little."

"The athletics program welcomes the band to our football games to promote school spirit and provide fan entertainment," the school said. "We believe the actions of the band ... were inappropriate and embarrassed our student-athletes, coaches, parents and fans."

That prompted an apology Thursday from senior Jose Delgado, the band's manager.

"We accept the consequences and look forward to continue to be a part of our school spirit for future athletic events," he said in a statement.

Columbia is 0-9 this year and has lost 10 consecutive games. Not including one-game seasons in the 1870s, this could be the seventh year the Lions lose all their games and the 11th time they go 0-7 in the Ivy League.

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