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College Basketball Head Coach Arrested On OWI Charges

Two basketballs ahead of the Final Four.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 29: A detail of NCAA Official Wilson basketballs are seen racked up on the court prior to Oregon playing against Louisville during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Troubling news has struck Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. Jason Gardner, the head coach of the men's basketball team, has been arrested for operating while intoxicated.

Following brief stints with the Loyola Ramblers and Memphis Tigers, the IUPUI Jaguars made the bold move to make Gardner their head coach. In five seasons, he owns a 64-94 record.

Gardner has been part of the team since 2014, and the program is coming off its best season with him as the head coach. However, it's fair to say this latest development could derail some of his progress with the school.

According to Hamilton County Jail records, Gardner was arrested and charged on Monday morning.

IUPUI has opened up about the developing situation, telling FOX 59 "We are aware of the situation regarding men’s head basketball coach Jason Gardner and are looking into the circumstances.”

Before making his mark as a head coach, Gardner turned heads at Arizona. In fact, the basketball program retired his number due to all his success on the hardwood.

Even though this story is still developing, it's obviously not a good look for Gardner or the university.

With the 2019-20 season of college hoops only a few months away, the Jaguars might want to sort out this current situation very soon.