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Jason Gardner resigns as IUPUI head coach

Gardner was arrested Monday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated

NCAA Basketball: Indiana - Purdue at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Gardner has resigned as IUPUI head coach, following his arrest on Monday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

IUPUI assistant athletic director Ed Holdaway confirmed the news to the Indy Star on Tuesday afternoon, adding that the decision was mutual.

The arrest occurred early Monday morning when police were called to check on a car stopped in an intersection in Hamilton County, Indiana. Officers found Gardner asleep at the wheel and after waking him, asked him to take multiple field sobriety tests. He failed each one.

In five seasons as IUPUI head coach, Gardner was 64-93, though the Jaguars reached the postseason for the first time in his tenure in 2019, falling in the first round of the CIT.

Gardner, a former Mr. Indiana Basketball, is best known for his role in helping lead Arizona to the 2001 National Championship game as a player. He was named third-team All-American the next year and the Wildcats later retired his jersey.

Gardner’s name has already been removed from the coaching staff section of IUPUI athletics website. The school has not yet announced who will coach the team this season, but with students already on campus, an outside hire seems unlikely. Byron Rimm is the associate head coach and has previous experience as the head coach at Jarvis Christian and Prairie View A&M.