Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Saturday night. On Monday, it was announced that Price has been suspended two weeks by the Jayhawks athletic department.
Price was arrested at 6:05 p.m. Saturday at 24th and Iowa Streets in Lawrence, according to booking logs. He was released later that night on $750 bond.
KU athletic director Jeff Long released a statement on Monday.
“While I have tremendous respect and appreciation for Coach Price and the manner in which he conducts our baseball program, as well as the leadership he provides our young men, in this instance he failed to meet our expectations,” Long said in a release. “Coach Price expressed to me his sincere remorse for putting himself in that position and the negative impact it will have on the program. I am confident he will learn from this dangerous lapse in judgment and so will his current and future baseball student-athletes.”
Price said in a statement, “I would like to apologize to my family, players, KU administration, alumni, coaches, staff, as well as our donors for embarrassing them, the University of Kansas, our entire athletic department and myself,” Price said in a release. “As I shared with my team, the consequences from my actions on Saturday night could have jeopardized members of our community and was irresponsible. I have always held myself to the same high standards as those of my players and take full responsibility for my actions. I will do everything in my power to ensure that this type of behavior will never happen again.”
Price is set to begin his 19th season as head baseball coach of the Jayhawks. Associate head coach Ryan Graves will serve as KU’s interim coach during the suspension.