West Virginia University released a statement saying they are gathering more information and will take appropriate action once their review is complete.
According to a report from the Pittsburgh Police, officers observed a black SUV blocking traffic with a flat and shredded tire, and the driver’s side door was open.
They instructed the driver, identified as Robert Huggins, to move the vehicle off the road.
However, Huggins had difficulty maneuvering the SUV, leading the officers to suspect intoxication.
They conducted field sobriety tests, which Huggins failed, resulting in his arrest and charge of DUI. He was later released, and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a later date.
Prior to this arrest, there were indications that the upcoming 2023-24 season could be Huggins’ last.
Following his use of an anti-gay slur, he faced a salary reduction of $1 million and suspension.
Furthermore, his contract was amended to be guaranteed for only one year, signaling that West Virginia officials had control over his future and could potentially transition to a new coaching staff without significant financial obligations.
Huggins’ arrest now adds further pressure on West Virginia officials who had previously expressed outrage over his comments and had to navigate public pressure to retain him for the upcoming season.
In a joint statement after Huggins’ radio comments, the university’s president and athletic director condemned his slurs as “inexcusable” and stated that they tarnished the university’s reputation.
Bob Huggins, a Morgantown native who played for West Virginia University during college, has been coaching at his alma mater since 2007.
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