Bob Huggins charged with DUI; West Virginia issues statement

West Virginia had men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins was arrested last night in Pittsburgh and charged with DUI.

Here is an account of the incident according to the Pittsburgh Police 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.”

Earlier this morning, West Virginia issued the following statement:

“West Virginia University is aware of an incident last night involving Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins, for which he was charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in the City of Pittsburgh. We are gathering more information and will take appropriate action once the review is complete.”

WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics

This isn’t the first issue that Huggins has had this off-season. Earlier this spring, Huggins had his contract reduced by $1m and was suspended for three games after making anti-gay slurs on a Cincinnati radio station (more on that one HERE). Also, his current employment contract will be amended from a multi-year agreement to a year-by-year agreement that will begin on May 10, 2023, and end on April 30, 2024.

More on this story as it continues to develop.

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