ENCINITAS, Calif. - University of San Diego football coach Jim Harbaugh was arrested early Sunday on a charge of drunken driving after being stopped for running a stop sign.
Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback, was released after 7½ hours at the Vista Detention Facility. He is to appear in court in December.
“I’m upset at myself about it, and more embarrassed for everyone else around me, the team,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “My No. 1 concern is the players. I’m trying to set a good example for them. There’s a consequence for making poor decisions and now that applies to me.”
Harbaugh said he told the team about his arrest.
“I’m going to work every day from this day on to turn it into a positive,” he said. “That’s not the script I would write to make a positive statement, but that’s what I’ll work to do.”
Harbaugh is in his second season as coach of the non-scholarship, Division I-AA Toreros. USD is 8-1 and won the Pioneer Football League North Division last Saturday with a 63-21 victory at Valpariso. The Toreros will host Morehead State in the PFL championship game on Nov. 19.
The school issued a statement Wednesday that read: “Allegations of this nature are indeed very serious, however, it would be inappropriate for the university to make any comments on Coach Harbaugh’s situation, especially since the matter is not yet resolved. It is the university’s practice not to discuss personnel matters publicly.”
Harbaugh will be on the sideline for Saturday night’s home game against Chapman.
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