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Mittie will coach despite DUI arrest

3/24/2004 - TCU Horned Frogs

PHILADELPHIA -- TCU women's coach Jeff Mittie was reprimanded Friday for his arrest for suspicion of drunken driving, but will coach the Lady Frogs in the NCAA tournament.

Mittie tearfully apologized for the arrest, which came three
days before the Lady Frogs' (24-6) first-round tournament game
Saturday against Temple.

"I certainly regret that this has been a distraction. It's been
a tough week. I regret that for them," Mittie said, pausing as he
choked up. "They've worked very hard."

Mittie was required to seek an alcohol evaluation to determine
if he needed treatment and complete a state approved alcohol
awareness education program. Mittie also must attend an alcohol
victims impact panel presentation and perform substantial community
service.

Mittie could also be fined or lose pay.

"I'm here in Philadelphia preparing this team the best way I
know how," Mittie said. "They're doing an unbelievable job of
working hard."

Mittie was pulled over early Wednesday. The coach was detained
for investigation of DUI and was released on $1,000 bond.

The coach was at practice Wednesday and told the team of his
arrest at a meeting.

"He cried and I've never seen him cry before," forward Sandora
Irvin said. "We let him know it's OK. People make mistakes."

"This week needs to be more about playing Temple and that's
what we really focused on," forward Tracy Wynn said. "We kind of
turned it into a positive. We're ready to step it up even more."