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Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins Arrested

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On Friday, the men’s basketball coach at West Virginia, Bob Huggins, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

What is the Complete Story?

Just before 8:30 pm on Friday, the Pennsylvania police arrested a retired men’s basketball coach, Bob Huggins, for blocking the traffic with the door of his black SUV open. Also, his car’s tires were flat and shredded. 

However, the police asked him to move his vehicle off the road, but he was not listening to them. He was highly drunk as he failed the field sobriety tests. Huggins was asked to blow on the breathalyzer, in which the blood-alcohol limit showed 0.210. 

It was too much, as Pennsylvania’s legal blood-alcohol limit is 0.08. Later, police decided to arrest him and charged him with driving under the influence. 

According to the police report, a white bag full of empty beer cans was found in Huggins’ car. There was also a trunk in his car containing a bag full of cans. However, police asked Huggins where he was. 

Huggins replied he was in Columbus. But police found in the investigation that Huggins was in Ohio. 

Who is Bob Huggins?

Born on 21 September 1953, Robert Edward Huggins, aka Bob Huggins, is a well-known American college basketball coach. He was born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. He had a successful coaching career as he is known for his coaching style and emphasis on tough defense. 

In 1977, Huggins began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, West Virginia University. Later, he went to Walsh University, Akron, and Cincinnati for coaching. 

Throughout his coaching career, Huggins received numerous accomplishments, including over 900 of his teams won, several conference championships, deep runs in the NCAA tournament, and multiple National Coach of the Year awards. 

Bob Huggins’ Life is Full of Tragedies

A recent tragedy that happened in his life was on Friday; he got arrested for blocking traffic with his black SUV. He was charged with driving under the influence. 

Last month, he was suspended for the first three games of the 2023-24 seasons after he used a homophobic slur twice and mocked Catholics on a local Cincinnati radio program. Around $1 million were docked from his salary of $4.15 million a year. 

Huggins’s contract was reworked, and he was required to undergo sensitivity training. The University President and the athletic director made a statement that Huggins’ actions unfairly and inappropriately hurt many people. 

President added that any future instances of false language would result in the immediate termination of Huggins. In response, Huggins said he didn’t want to give any excuse for his actions and take complete responsibility for the false language he used. 

He respected the actions taken against him by the University and athletics leadership and he will learn from this incident.

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