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Eustachy says he is seeking treatment

Coach's future at Iowa State still uncertain

Associated Press

AMES, Iowa -- Larry Eustachy says he's ready -- and eager -- to get on with a life that doesn't include drinking.

The Iowa State basketball coach, under fire after the publication of photos showing him partying with college students in Missouri, said Wednesday he was an alcoholic and was seeking treatment.

"I have no excuses for my behavior," Eustachy said. "We'll see what happens in the future, but I'm looking forward to the future as a sober person and I don't use those words lightly."

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His future at Iowa State was still uncertain. Three hours after Eustachy made his dramatic confession at a news conference, Iowa State athletic director Bruce Van De Velde announced he had suspended Eustachy with pay and urged the university to fire him.

Eustachy's contract gives him five days to appeal Van De Velde's recommendation.

The photos, which appeared in The Des Moines Register on Monday, touched off a national debate about Eustachy's behavior and whether it warranted his dismissal.

He was shown holding a can of beer, kissing young women on the cheek and being kissed on the cheek at a party in Columbia, Mo., after Iowa State's Jan. 21 loss to Missouri.

Iowa State president Gregory Geoffroy, who could end up making the final decision on whether to fire Eustachy, said the attention generated by the story had embarrassed the university.

Eustachy, who is paid $1.1 million a year, said he told Geoffroy of his condition on Monday and met with Van De Velde on Tuesday.

"I know how many people we've hurt," Eustachy said. "You can't un-ring the bell. The bell's been rung. I know the decisions I've made were very embarrassing."

Eustachy's wife of 16 years, Stacy, sat to his right and said she was relieved that he was doing something about his drinking.

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"I just want to tell you I love this man," she said. "I'm totally behind him 100 percent. He's just a man. He's a human being like everybody in here. He makes mistakes like you all do and like I have.

"But he's stepped up to the plate and made himself accountable. He's a good example to our kids."

The Eustachys have two sons.

Stacy Eustachy said her husband told her about the Missouri party shortly after it took place. Was she mad?

"Oh yeah. Absolutely," she said. "I told him, 'You disappointed me.' I also know that he did nothing immoral. But absolutely I was disappointed in him and I let him know."

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