Guidry’s disciplinary plan released; sanctions include donation, community service, loss of university vehicle

Western Kentucky released its disciplinary sanctions for football defensive coordinator Lance Guidry today, through a release by athletic director Ross Bjork.

Guidry was arrested early Saturday morning before WKU’s game against Louisiana State in Baton Rouge, La., for driving while intoxicated. Reports indicate his blood alcohol level registered .123 percent, over Louisiana’s legal threshold of .08 percent. He was on the sideline coaching for the Hilltoppers against LSU that night.

WKU initially announced that Guidry would be disciplined internally.

“I understand the sensitive and serious nature of Lance’s actions and I want the WKU community to know that we are committed to a transparent program who welcomes communication of all types,” Bjork said in the release. “I also recognize that most employees, including university personnel, are not subject to these type of sanctions and disclosure and our departmental disciplinary measures are typically handled internally and confidentially.

“However, after discussions this week with coach (Willie) Taggart and coach Guidry, we all agree, in this instance, to release the disciplinary measures for coach Guidry. All of us who work in college athletics understand the level of scrutiny our positions come with and coach Guidry agreed to release the plan which has already begun. We all believe integrity and character are essential core values to our program, and we support Lance moving forward.”

Bjork also released a copy of the memorandum sent to Guidry on Sunday, outlining his disciplinary plan. According to the memo, Guidry must pay a $4,500 donation – equal to one month’s net pay – to a local charity by the end of the calendar year. He must also complete 10 hours of community service at a local charity within the same time frame.

In addition, Guidry must personally reimburse WKU for the rental car he was driving in Baton Rouge, attend mandatory counseling with a WKU employee assistance program and forfeit use of his university-leased vehicle. He will work under a zero-tolerance policy and will not be eligible for a base salary increase in 2012-2013.

“Lance, we value your talent and abilities as a football coach and a leader of young men but we cannot tolerate your actions,” Bjork and Taggart wrote to Guidry in the memo. “This situation, as bad as it is, can be overcome if you handle this the right way and learn from your past mistakes. Your main challenge moving forward will be to earn back your credibility and the trust from the players, coaches and community.”

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