Northwestern State head coach Brad Laird has reportedly been placed on administrative leave after Laird was arrested for driving while intoxicated last Saturday night.
It’s unclear what led to the arrest as details have not yet been released. However, the Northwestern State head coach informed Demons Athletic Director Greg Burke of his arrest on Sunday. Laird has been placed on administrative leave for one week without pay as a result.
Laird has served as Northwestern State’s head coach since 2018, leading the Demons to a 8-15 record during that span. The Northwestern State head coach has clearly earned the respect of Burke as Laird will still retain his current position following his full week of administrative leave without pay.
Burke released a statement of his own following Laird’s arrest, outlining the consequences he will now face. The Northwestern State AD also made it clear that any further related misconduct could cost Laird his position.
“I met with Coach Laird on the morning of February 17 and informed him that he would be suspended for one week without pay,” Burke said in a statement, via NBC Sports. “He was also issued a letter of reprimand informing him of consequences that could result from any future misconduct that would violate the conditions of his contract with the university.”
Laird has released a statement following the incident, stating his regret for his actions.
“On Saturday night, February 15, I made a poor decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking alcohol,” Laird said. “It was a poor and selfish decision, and I apologize to everyone who was unknowingly put at risk.”
The Northwestern State head coach will certainly be on a short leash after his arrest on Saturday night.