Pugmire's leave could last up to 60 days

Updated: February 19, 2004, 7:27 PM ET
Associated Press

LOGAN, Utah -- Utah State athletic director Rance Pugmire is on administrative leave after his arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, the university said Thursday.

The leave, which could last up to 60 days pending the outcome of the DUI charge, was a mutual decision between Pugmire and university president Kermit Hall, spokesman John DeVilbiss said.

Hall learned of the weekend arrest Monday, and met Wednesday with Pugmire.

Hall expects Pugmire to make a future contribution to the university.

"But there are issues that need to be raised before they can be addressed," Hall said in a statement.

Fred H. Hunsaker, a retired university vice president, will be acting director in Pugmire's absence.

Pugmire is in his fifth year as athletic director.

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