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 June 18, 2023

West Virginia Coach Bob Huggins arrested for DUI

Bob Huggins, the well-known coach of West Virginia's college basketball team, was just arrested for driving under the influence. 

According to the Daily Wire, the 69-year-old Huggins was initially pulled over, at about 8:30 p.m., in Pittsburgh, because he had a flat tire.

Police attempted to help him get off the road. But, that is when the police realized that something was not right.

The police report reads:

The driver’s side door was open and the vehicle had a flat and shredded tire. Officers directed the male driver on how best to move off the road so they could help with the flat tire. When they observed him having difficulty maneuvering the SUV to allow vehicles to pass, they activated their lights to pull him over.

Next, Huggins failed a field sobriety test. He, then, was placed under arrest "without incident." And, and it was later determined that he had a blood alcohol content of .210.

Huggins did end up being released from custody, and, now, he is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing.

The University of West Virginia released a statement on the matter, saying:

West Virginia University is aware of an incident last night involving Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins, for which he was charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in the City of Pittsburgh. We are gathering more information and will take appropriate action once the review is complete.

Fox News reports that, on Saturday night, Huggins announced that he had submitted his letter of resignation to West Virginia University.

Huggins, in a statement, said:

Today, I have submitted a letter to President Gordon Gee and Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker informing them of my resignation and intention to retire as head men’s basketball coach at West Virginia University effective immediately.

The university, in response, released its own statement, saying:

We support his decision so that he can focus on his health and family. On behalf of West Virginia University, we share our appreciation for his service to our University, our community and our state.

Huggins has been a college basketball coach for the past 38 years. He has coached at the Universities of Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State, and West Virginia.

During that time, Huggins has amassed a record of 863 wins and 389 losses, which puts him in third place on the all-time Division I coaches winning list. He trails coach Mike Krzyzewski (1,202 wins) and coach Jim Boeheim (998 wins).

It is unclear whether this is the end of the road for Huggins' in terms of coaching college basketball.

In the statement that he released, Huggins said:

While I have always tried to represent our University with honor, I have let all of you — and myself — down. I am solely responsible for my conduct and sincerely apologize to the University community — particularly to the student-athletes, coaches and staff in our program. I must do better, and I plan to spend the next few months focused on my health and my family so that I can be the person they deserve.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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