WKU BASKETBALL | Assistant Coach Ben Hansbrough Resigns After Arrest

10/16/2017 05:29 PM

Western Kentucky assistant men’s basketball coach Ben Hansbrough was arrested Saturday and charged with a DUI.

Hansbrough, 29, was taken in at the Warren County Regional Jail at 8:43 p.m. and his bond was set at $1,000. He bonded out Sunday morning at 4:16 a.m.

According to the citation report from the Bowling Green Police Department, officers responded to the report of a collision in the El Mazatlan restaurant parking lot on Nashville Road. Hansbrough was asked if he had been drinking and stated he had not had an alcoholic beverage since Friday night.

Officers issued Hasnbrough a field sobriety test, which indicated he was under the influence of alcohol. The arresting officer reported a strong odor of alcohol. At the jail, Hansbrough refused to submit to a breathalyzer test.

“We are aware of the situation and are handling it internally at this time,” WKU associate director of media relations Zach Greenwell said in an initial statement. He later said, “WKU men’s basketball assistant coach Ben Hansbrough has resigned to pursue other opportunities.”

Hansbrough played two seasons for Stansbury at Mississippi State and finished his collegiate career at Notre Dame in 2011. He played professionally in Europe and 28 games for the Indiana Pacers.

Hansbrough has been on WKU’s support staff for the past two seasons and was promoted to a full-time assistant role this season.

It is unclear if Hansbrough has representation at this time.

The WKU Hilltopper Basketball team has an open scrimmage at 11 a.m. Saturday at E.A. Diddle Arena.


Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at Lyndsey.gough@charter.com.

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