Unconfirmed reports surfacing online late Friday night that West Virginia men’s basketball head coach Bob Huggins has been arrested on DUI charges.
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — According to Jack Hillgrove of WTOV9 news, “Multiple reports this evening that WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins has been arrested on DUI Friday evening. Will continue to monitor the story.”
Multiple reports this evening that WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins has been arrested on a DUI Friday evening. Will continue to monitor the story. @WTOV9
— Jack Hillgrove (@JackWTOV9) June 17, 2023
If true, this isn’t the first time Huggins has been caught drinking and driving. Huggins was arrested back on June 8, 2004 for the same charge. Huggins was seen on a police camera, clearly drunk and stumbling during a field sobriety test. Huggins later apologized, saying, “I made a very poor decision that’s reflected negatively on the basketball program and the university. For that, I deeply regret it. I take responsibility for my actions. I’m going to do my part to make sure that something like this will never happen again.”
Huggins was later fired by the University of Cincinnati following the incident.
Huggins, 69, faced disciplinary action last month after using a homophobic slur on a Cincinnati radio station. For that, Huggins will be suspended during the Mountaineers’ first three regular-season games, and his contract will be 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.”
It’s unclear what this means for Huggins’ future with the team, but it’s certainly another embarrassing moment for one of the greatest college basketball coaches in the history of the sport.
Stay tuned to The Voice of Morgantown for the latest updates as they become available!