West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins met with the basketball team on Saturday night to inform them that he will not be coaching next season, a source told WV Sports Now. Huggins, who is third on the all-time wins list, was charged with a DUI on Friday night in Pittsburgh.
The team was notified about an emergency meeting at around 8:30 p.m. to where Huggins addressed the group. Huggins is resigning from his position.
I just talked to someone in the room when Bob Huggins informed the team he was done.
They said Huggins was in tears as he delivered the news.
“He felt like he let us down. He knows he made a huge mistake. It was brutal to watch. So sad.”
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 18, 2023
According to the arrest report:
“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.”
Last month WVU President Gordon Gee and Director of Athletics Wren Baker punished Huggins for his anti-gay slur over a Cincinnati radio station. Gee and Baker said that any other similar incident would result in termination. Huggins was dismissed at the University of Cincinnati back in 2004 for the same incident.
Huggins won 935 career games spanning five coaching tenures at Walsh College, Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State, and West Virginia. Huggins returned to his alma mater in 2007, taking the Mountaineers to their second Final Four in school history in 2010. Huggins finishes second in all-time coaching wins at WVU, with 345 wins. Huggins was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2022.
Huggins was preparing for his 17th season at West Virginia, with his staff bringing in a top transfer portal class.
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