June 18, 2023

Bob Huggins steps down after arrest for DUI: Huggins was charged with driving under the influence on Friday night after his SUV had stopped in the middle of traffic...with a shredded tire and the driver’s side door open at about 8:30 p.m. Huggins allegedly blew a 0.21% bac on the scene.

posted by NoMich to basketball at 11:12 AM - 4 comments

It's long seemed as though one could pick from any number of Biblical passages and reference them to the life of Bob Huggins. A man of clear qualities and obvious flaws, made large by his being in the public eye. And in Kansas and West Virginia, one of the highest paid state employees.

Drawing on the language of my Catholic childhood with no ill will or sense of schadenfreude, Huggins' eventual downfall seemed almost preordained.

posted by beaverboard at 12:36 PM on June 18, 2023

Just a masterclass in pissing away your legacy in the span of a few short weeks. Bravo, sir.

The way the article phrased this part concerns me a bit: Huggins' salary of $4.15 million had been reduced by $1 million after the slur. That reduction was to be used to directly support WVU's LGBTQ+ Center, as well as a mental health center at the university and other groups that support marginalized communities.

I hope the administration continues to honor the commitment.

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:32 PM on June 18, 2023

This is a lucky break for former UNT AD and new West Virginia AD Wren Baker. Now he never has to be the guy who fired Bob Huggins for diminishing on-court performance.

posted by rcade at 08:57 AM on June 19, 2023

Huggins is and always has been an asshole. Back when I was living in Cincinnati and he was coaching the Bearcats, I went out to dinner with my family at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse on the river (Kentucky side). He was sitting about 2 booths away from us drunk as hell, talking at the top of his lungs, and continuously smoking a cigar that smelled a lot like I imagine rolled rhinoceros shit would smell. This was back when cigarette smoking was allowed indoors, but cigars were never allowed, even in Kentucky. But who was going to tell Huggy baby to put his stogie out in Cincinnati circa 1990? Ruined our meal to the extent that, 33 years later, I'm still digging the schadenfreude.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:26 PM on June 19, 2023

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