TCU Daily Skiff Thursday, March 25, 2004
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Coach charged with DUI

Associated Press

Women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie has been charged in Newton, Kan., with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Newton city prosecutor David Yoder said in filing the charge that Mittie had a blood alcohol level of .121 when he was arrested at 3:50 a.m. March 17, The Dallas Morning News reported in its online edition Wednesday. The legal limit in Kansas is .08.

Mittie was arrested while on a three-day recruiting trip when an officer saw Mittie’s vehicle swerving in the road and Mittie turning the vehicle’s headlines on and off.

Mittie’s attorney, Gregory Nye, did not immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press seeking comment Wednesday night.

The coach was released on $1,000 bond after his arrest. TCU reprimanded Mittie and ordered him to seek an alcohol evaluation and perform community service.

An April 8 court date has been set for Mittie. He faces a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a fine of $1,000 if convicted.

Athletics director Eric Hyman declined to comment on the charges, said athletics media relations director Steve Fink.

Mittie will attend a state-approved alcohol awareness program and a victims panel presentation after the university reprimanded him. Mittie will also face undisclosed financial consequences.

Mittie, in his fifth year at TCU, was not suspended because his professional and personal conduct were deemed exemplary before his arrest, according to a statement released last week by the university.

Sixth-seeded TCU lost to third-seeded Georgia on Monday in the second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament. The seed was the highest the TCU women have received.

It was the fourth-straight season Mittie has coached the Lady Frogs to the second round.
Assistant Sports Editor John Ashley Menzies contributed to this report.
 
 
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