UMass HC Frank Martin gave a promising update on former WVU HC Bob Huggins during Atlantic-10 media days on Tuesday. Martin joined the Field of 68 crew consisting of Jeff Goodman and Rob Dauster.
“He’s going to get back on that saddle. He’s clean, he hasn’t had a drink since that day,” Martin said. “One day he’ll speak about exactly what transpired that day. It’s not my place to put that out there. It’s a little more complicated than the story that got put out there by people that just saw the end result. It’s sad that the end of West Virginia happened the way it did. He’s in great spirits, he’s lost weight, he’s energetic. He’s good for the game, he’s good for people.”
Frank Martin gives an update on Bob Huggins:
“He hasn’t had a drink since that day. One day he’ll speak about what transpired. It’s more complicated than the story that got out. And it’s sad. But he’s in great spirits. He’s lost weight… He’s in a great place right now” pic.twitter.com/dFdj1EQ29V
— The Field of 68 (@TheFieldOf68) October 17, 2023
Martin went on to talk about how what Huggins did was bad, but he just needed help.
“Let’s not beat around the bush, but we’ve got [coaches] that have been caught doing some really bad stuff that go against the rules. And not that what he did is not against the rules, but that was a self-inflicted deal,” Martin said.
Huggins was charged with DUI on June 16 before resigning just 24 hours later. The West Virginia native was driving in Pittsburgh when he was pulled over by police. Huggins had a shredded tire, thought he was in Columbus, Ohio and blew a .210 BAC.
Huggins was accepted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program in August as he is a first-time DUI offender in the state of Pennsylvania. Huggins did appear in person for Best Virginia’s TBT appearance in Wheeling. Huggins cheered on his former players and got to share a moment with Erik Stevenson.
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.
Get WVSN in your mailbox!
Former 4-Star Recruit, Ohio State Transfer DB Adds West Virginia Offer
WVU Women’s Basketball Takes Downs No. 25 Penn State 83-65
WVU Football Extends Offer to Wake Forest Transfer WR
WVU Basketball Still Not Ruling Out Adding Pieces to Roster, According to Eilert
WVU Assistant Coaches Marshall, Stewart Recognized by American Football Coaches Association
West Virginia Slated to Meet Ranked ACC Opponent in New Bowl Projections
Cortez Braham Opens Up About WVU Exit, Details Final Conversation with Neal Brown
In-State QB Commits to WVU Football, Joins 2024 Class
National Writer Adjusts Bowl Projection for Mountaineers
Zach Frazier Announces Surgery, Confirms End to WVU Career
Watch: Former WVU DL Dante Stills Recovers Fumble vs. Steelers
Watch: Unbelievable Catch in West Virginia State Championship Game Garners National Attention
WVU Postgame Show: A Missed Opportunity Against St. John’s
Postgame Reaction to WVU’s Loss to St. John’s
CRW Hoops: WVU Basketball-St. John’s Preview, Predictions
Breaking Down WVU Football’s Committments for 2024
7shares Share Tweet Reddit CommentsWith some new recruits announcing commitments to the WVU football program this week, the 2024 class...
Complete List of High School Recruits Offered by WVU Football
6shares Share Tweet Reddit CommentsTo say the WVU football program has been putting in a lot of recruiting work since...
Transfer Players Who Have Signed with West Virginia Football
5shares Share Tweet Reddit CommentsSince the Mountaineers have been increasingly active in pursuing transfers lately and there’s an important distinction...