KU baseball coach Ritch Price suspended two weeks following DUI arrest

Matt Galloway
Topeka Capital-Journal
Kansas baseball head coach Ritch Price on Monday was suspended from all team activities for the next two weeks following his arrest over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence.

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has suspended Ritch Price following the longtime Jayhawk baseball head coach’s arrest Saturday for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Price, who has been at the helm of the KU baseball program since his hiring in July 2002, will be suspended from all team activities for the next two weeks, athletic director Jeff Long announced Monday in a news release. Associate head coach Ryan Graves will serve as acting head coach during Price’s suspension.

In a statement, Price expressed remorse for his actions and added he hopes to regain the trust of the KU community moving forward.

“I would like to apologize to my family, players, KU administrators, alumni, coaches, staff, as well as our donors for embarrassing them, the University of Kansas, our entire athletic department and myself,” Price said. “As I shared with my team, the consequences of my actions on Saturday night could have jeopardized members of our community and was irresponsible. I have always held myself to the same high standards as those of my players and take full responsibility for my actions.”

Price has a record of 531-496-3 across his 18 seasons with KU.

“I will do everything in my power to ensure that this type of behavior will never happen again,” Price said. “I love the University of Kansas, our athletic department and baseball program.”

Long met with the KU baseball players Monday afternoon to inform them of the news.

“While I have tremendous respect and appreciation for Coach Price and the manner in which he conducts our baseball program, as well as the leadership he provides our young men, in this instance he failed to meet our expectations,” Long said. “Coach Price expressed to me his sincere remorse for putting himself in that position and the negative impact it will have on the program. I am confident he will learn from this dangerous lapse in judgement and so will his current and future baseball student-athletes.”

KU is scheduled to open its 2021 season at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26 against Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Fla., the first of a four-game series with the Eagles.