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Bob Huggins Resigns as West Virginia Basketball Coach

Bob Huggins

West Virginia Mountaineers head basketball coach Bob Huggins officially announced his resignation from the program after his arrest on Friday night for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The news, reported by several different outlets, came after a meeting Huggins had with his players on Saturday evening.

Huggins released a statement through WVU athletics, along with a joint statement from WVU president E. Gordon Gee and athletic director Wren Baker.

 

“My recent actions do not represent the values of the University or the leadership expected in this role,” Huggins said in the statement. “While I have always tried to represent our University with honor, I have let all of you – and myself – down. I am solely responsible for my conduct and sincerely apologize to the University community – particularly to the student-athletes, coaches and staff in our program. I must do better, and I plan to spend the next few months focused on my health and my family so that I can be the person they deserve.”

A replacement has not been named. Huggins said his resignation was immediate.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer is one of the most decorated coaches in college basketball history, as one of six coaches ever to cross the 900-win threshold.

After elevating the Mountaineers program to a nationwide spectacle, the former head coach finds himself out of the job due to some poor decision-making in the offseason.

Huggins got his start by putting himself on the map at Division III Walsh, where he won 71 games in three seasons from 1980-83. He was then hired by Akron, and in five seasons, Huggins won 97 games and took the Zips to the NCAA Tournament.

He then moved over to Cincinnati and spent the better part of two decades with the Bearcats, and in 17 seasons, he notched 399 wins, reached the NCAA Tournament 14 times, and took Cincinnati to the Final Four in the 1992 season.

After a season out of basketball, Huggins took the job at Kansas State in 2006 and led the Wildcats to a 23-win season before the West Virginia job opened up, and he took it before the 2007-08 season.

Huggins has a career record of 345-203 as West Virginia’s head coach, and after receiving both his bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from WVU, then returning to lead his alma mater, Huggins’ exit ends one of the historically great coaching tenures in all of college basketball.

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