Bjork releases Guidry’s DWI punishment citing transparency


Defensive coordinator Lance Guidry runs through drills during a WKU practice. Guidry was arrested early Saturday morning in Baton Rouge for driving while intoxicated.

Cole Claybourn

Editor’s Note: The charges against Lance Guidry of DWI, improper lane usage and reckless driving were expunged under a court order dated Sept. 12, 2014. 

Defensive coordinator Lance Guidry will be fined $4,500 and will lose his university leased vehicle as punishment for his driving while intoxicated arrest last Saturday in Baton Rouge, La., athletics director Ross Bjork said in a statement on Friday.

The release of Guidry’s punishment comes less than a week after both Bjork and Head Coach Willie Taggart said the punishment would be handled “internally” and that the details of the punishment wouldn’t be released.

Bjork cited a need for transparency despite the norm being that these particular matters are generally handled confidentially.

“After discussions this week with Coach Taggart and Coach Guidry, we all agree, in this instance, to release the disciplinary measures for Coach Guidry,” Bjork said in the statement. “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.”

Guidry, who will remain on the sidelines in WKU’s final two games against North Texas and Troy, will also be required to participate in 10 hours of community service, which will total up to one month’s net pay after factoring in the $4,500 fine, the statement said.

Along with the statement, Bjork released the memo that he and Taggart both presented to Guidry on Sunday night that informed him of every type of punishment he’ll receive.

The remaining punishments are as follows:

-Guidry must personally pay WKU Athletics back for the cost of the rental car in which he was pulled over in by Friday. No amount was given in the document.

-The $4,500 fine must go to a local charity that supports alcohol related victims. That money must be paid by Dec. 31.

-His 10 hours of volunteer work must be completed by Dec. 31.

-Mandatory counseling sessions with the WKU Employee Assistance Program. The first session must have been scheduled by Nov. 14, which was Monday.

The memo states a “zero tolerance” policy. Any other alcohol related incidents during Guidry’s tenure at WKU will result in termination.

Lastly, Guidry’s base salary will not increase for 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,” the memo said. “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.”