East Central coach suspended with pay
BY Staff Reports
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
4/24/12 at 5:21 AM
East Central High School football coach Ben Bowling has been suspended with pay as a result of being arrested early Sunday on a complaint of driving under the influence.
A Tulsa Public Schools spokesman said Monday a decision is pending on Bowling's future as head coach of the Cardinals and will likely be announced Wednesday.
Bowling was promoted to the position in late February after three seasons as offensive coordinator.
Bowling, 31, was found asleep in the drive-through lane at Whataburger, 5746 E. 41st St., about 3 a.m. Sunday, according to his arrest report. His car was running but was in park.
Officers noted in the report Bowling had bloodshot eyes, staggered gait, slurred speech and smelled like alcohol. He registered a blood-alcohol content level at the scene of .203, 2 1/2 times the legal limit, the report states.
After being booked into the Tulsa Jail at 4:15 a.m., Bowling posted $750 bail and was released about 8:30 a.m. He has not been charged.
Bowling previously was charged with DUI after a November 2008 incident while a Muskogee assistant coach and substitute teacher.
As a quarterback at Jenks, Bowling led the Trojans to state titles in 1997 and 1998, and was named the World's co-player of the year.
Original Print Headline: Bowling suspended with pay
Ben Bowling: The East Central High School football coach has been suspended with pay after being arrested on a DUI complaint.