Following a DUI arrest, Bob Huggins will reportedly resign from West Virginia University as the head coach of the basketball program.
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — West Virginia’s legendary head coach, Bob Huggins, will resign from West Virginia University following a reported DUI arrest Friday night in Pittsburgh, according to multiple reports.
I’ve been told Bob Huggins will resign and retire.
— Adam Crowley (@_adamcrowley) June 17, 2023
Bob Huggins informed his team tonight that he won’t be coaching them next season, sources confirmed to ESPN. https://t.co/YvsVu7mvXa
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) June 18, 2023
Huggins spoke with the team and told them that he will be resigning from the team effective immediately. Huggins was reportedly given the option of resigning/retiring or being fired by the university. An official announcement could come at any time, but I have also heard that it may not come until Monday.
Huggins, 69, also faced scrutiny last month after he used a homophobic slur on a Cincinnati radio station. For that, Huggins was suspended during the Mountaineers’ first three regular-season games, and his contract was amended from a multiyear agreement to a year-by-year pact that began May 10, 2023, and end April 30, 2024.
West Virginia University, in a statement at the time from President Gordon Gee and director of athletics Wren Baker, said the following: “Any incidents of similar derogatory and offensive language will result in immediate termination.”
The details of the arrest were particularly embarrassing for Huggins. The City of Pittsburgh posted the following message on its Public Safety website:
“Just before 8:30 p.m, Pittsburgh Police from Zone 1 observed a black SUV on Merchant Street off of Ridge Avenue in the middle of the road, blocking traffic. 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. Upon questioning, officers had strong suspicion to believe the male was intoxicated.
They asked him to exit the vehicle to perform standard field sobriety tests, which he failed. The male was placed in custody without incident and transported for further testing.
Robert Huggins, 69 , of Morgantown, West Virginia was charged with Driving Under the Influence. He was released from custody and will appear for a preliminary hearing at a later date.”