This Chicago DUI lawyer lacks a TV so she wasn’t quite in the thick of things in March. Unfortunately, Hofstra’s Men’s Basketball Coach may not make the cut.
Hofstra has suspended its men’s basketball coach, Tim Welsh, indefinitely after he was arrested early Friday morning and charged with driving while intoxicated by the Nassau County police.
According to the police, they saw Welsh’s Lexus stopped at a green light in Levittown, N.Y., at about 1 a.m. He was taken into custody, given a sobriety test and booked. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday morning.
Hofstra officials, in a statement, said they did not hear of the arrest from Welsh.
“We have learned through media reports of the charges against Mr. Welsh,” the statement said. “Effective immediately, he has been suspended without pay, while the university investigates the charges against him.”
Welsh must return to court Tuesday for a hearing.
Welsh, 49, was hired by Hofstra on March 31 to replace Tom Pecora, who left to coach Fordham. Welsh was a head coach for a total of 13 seasons at Iona and Providence, taking the Friars to the N.C.A.A. tournament twice in 10 seasons there. For the past two years, Welsh has been working as an analyst for ESPN, mostly on Big East broadcasts. Welsh’s five-year contract from Hofstra was reported to be for $600,000 per year.
Seriously, he’s been suspended without pay for a DUI arrest where there’s no accident? It just goes to show you that if the stakes are that high for a former ESPN analyst you can imagine what happens to a regular working person.