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Bob Huggins resigns from West Virginia amid drunk driving allegations (published 2023)

According to a message on the police website public safety sitePittsburgh officers found Huggins blocking traffic in a black SUV around 8:30 p.m. Friday night. Huggins’ door was open and the car had “a flat and blown tire.”

Police instructed Huggins to pull his vehicle off the road, which he struggled to do. He failed the field tests and was arrested.

According to the criminal complaint, police found a white bag full of empty beer cans on the floor of Huggins’ car. Another white bag full of cans was found in the trunk. When police asked Huggins where he was, he replied, “Columbus,” which officers took to mean he thought he was in Ohio. Huggins registered a 0.210 on a breathalyzer test, nearly three times the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08 in Pennsylvania.

Huggins has since been released.

Last month, Huggins was disciplined after twice using a homophobic slur and mocking Catholics on a local Cincinnati radio show.

His contract was revised, with $1 million being deducted from his $4.15 million-a-year salary. Huggins was also ordered to undergo sensitivity training and was suspended for the first three games of the 2023-24 season.

In a statement on May 10The university’s president and athletic director said Huggins’ actions “unfairly and inappropriately hurt many people and have tarnished West Virginia University.”

The statement added that future instances of offensive or abusive language would result in Huggins’ “immediate termination.”

“I make no excuses for the language I used and I take full responsibility,” Huggins said in a statement at the time. “I will abide by the actions outlined by the university and athletics officials to learn from this incident. I have had several conversations over the past 24 hours with colleagues and friends whom I deeply respect and admire, and I am acutely aware of the pain I have caused.”

Friday’s arrest wasn’t Huggins’ first run-in with the law. Huggins, who coached at the University of Cincinnati from 1989 to 2005, was charged with drunken driving in Ohio in 2004 and pleaded guilty. The school suspended him indefinitely before allowing him to coach the 2004-5 season. Huggins took a $3 million buyout from Cincinnati in August 2005.

Huggins, 69, had the most wins of any active Division I men’s basketball coach, with 863. In 38 seasons as a head coach at Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State and West Virginia, he led his teams to 26 NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Final Fours, and won five conference coach of the year awards.

He ranks eighth on the career wins list, 14 victories shy of surpassing Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp and tying Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun. But a national title has eluded Huggins, who has the most wins of any coach never to cut the championship net.

The university has a rack on Saturday evening to thank Huggins for his services.

“Coach Huggins dedicated himself to his players, to our students, to our fans and alumni, and to all the people of West Virginia,” the statement said. “His contributions will always be a part of our history.”

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