Bob Huggins of West Virginia booked a DUI charge in Pittsburgh

Jeff Borzello and Pete TamielJune 17, 2023 at 10:38 a.m. ET3 minutes to read

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins has been arrested on a DUI charge

Hannah Storm details West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins’ arrest on a DUI charge in Pittsburgh.

West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins was arrested Friday night for drunk driving, potentially jeopardizing his future with the program with a second controversy in the past six weeks.

“We are gathering further information and will take appropriate action once the review is complete,” the school said in a statement on Saturday.

According to a report from the Pittsburgh Police Public Information Officer, police noticed a black SUV obstructing traffic shortly before 8:30 p.m. Friday. The car had a “flat and ripped tire” and the driver’s side door was open.

After instructing the driver—identified as Robert Huggins, 69, of Morgantown, WV—to move the vehicle off the road, officers noticed Huggins was having trouble maneuvering the SUV and pulled him over. Officers questioned Huggins and believing he was intoxicated, asked him to take field sobriety tests, which he failed.

Huggins was arrested and charged with a DUI. He was later released, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for a later date.

There have already been signs that the 2023-24 season is looming as Huggins’ final season. Along with a $1 million pay cut and suspension in the wake of his use of a homophobic scandal at a Cincinnati radio station, Huggins was essentially only given a guaranteed one-year contract, a rarity in college sports.

The contractual adjustment was essentially a sign that West Virginia officials had control over Huggins’ future and could easily move on to the next employee without worrying about owing him a large amount of money.

Huggins’ arrest will put pressure on West Virginia officials, who say they were angered by his comments and had to fight internally to keep him next season amid public pressure.

In a joint statement after Huggins’ broadcast remarks, President Gordon G. and Athletic Director Wren Baker called the insults “unwarranted” and said the comments “defamed WVU.”

Huggins, a Morgantown native who played for the Mountaineers in college, has coached at his alma mater since 2007 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2022. He has guided the Mountaineers to 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Final Four in 2010. Huggins spent one season at Kansas State after leading Cincinnati to 14 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1992 to 2005.

Huggins was convicted of drunk driving in 2004 while in Cincinnati after pleading a no contest. This led to a confrontation with then-president of the university Nancy Zimpher that eventually led to Huggins’ resignation as Bearcats coach.

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