Two day sentencing hearing for Blagojevich begins today
Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich's sentencing hearing is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Much of today's hearing will be a repeat of what attorneys have already argued in written motions filed with the court.
The one unknown variable is the governor himself. He'll get a chance to address the court.
Former federal prosecutor Dave Weisman says Blagojevich should read a prepared statement and keep it short.
Brady Deaton (second from right), Chancellor of the University of Missouri and Mike Alden (far right), Athletic Director at the University of Missouri at the announcement that Mizzou would join the Southeastern Conference on Nov. 6, 2011.
Deaton said Monday that his concern about instability and uncertainty of the Big 12 was enhanced because state funding for higher education has been cut several times in recent years, and still is not at the level originally budgeted in 2001.
Reporting by KBIA's Sarah Redohl used in this report.
MU head football coach Gary Pinkel held a press conference with his lawyers this afternoon to apologize for his DWI arrest Wednesday night. Pinkel says he is sorry for letting down his players and fans.
"When you’re wrong, you’re wrong," Pinkel said. "I had to stand up to them and tell them how I felt and how I’d failed them."
Suspended Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving.
Boone County court records show that Pinkel was charged on Friday and pleaded guilty the same day. He was arrested in Columbia on Wednesday night and suspended without pay the next day for the final home game of the season.
This is a developing story. We will update it when we have more information.
Updated at 4:25 p.m.:
Missouri has suspended coach Gary Pinkel for Saturday's game and frozen his salary for a year following his overnight arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.
Athletic director Mike Alden announced the disciplinary measures on Thursday afternoon. They include a total of some $300,000 in penalties, including a donation to a campus alcohol-awareness program, and 50 hours of community service.
The University of Missouri was officially accepted into the Southeastern Conference Sunday. SEC Presidents and Chancellors unanimously voted Missouri into the conference as its 14th member effective July 1, 2012.
A press conference and celebration were held Sunday evening at the MU student center.