Saturday , Jun , 12 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Huggins suspended indefinitely

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – University of Cincinnati men’s head
basketball coach Bob Huggins was suspended indefinitely by the school on
Saturday. Huggins was charged with drunk driving after being arrested earlier
this week.

Athletic director Bob Goin said that the university hasn’t decided
specifically what Huggins must do to be reinstated or who will guide the team
in his absence. Goin also stated that he wanted the coach back for the
upcoming season.

“I’m placing Bobby on mandatory suspension, completely away from the demands
of his job,” said Goin.

Huggins was stopped in Fairfax, a suburb of Cincinnati, after police noticed
that he was driving erratically. After getting pulled over, police say his
speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol.

The coach was taken into custody and later released when his wife arrived
to pick him up.

Huggins, who will continue to be paid during the suspension, apologized during
a Friday evening news conference.

“I made a very poor decision that’s reflected negatively on the basketball
program and the university,” said Huggins. “For that, I deeply regret it. I
take responsibility for my actions. I’m going to do my part to make sure that
something like this will never happen again.”

The 50-year-old Huggins, who is preparing for his 16th season at Cincinnati,
is one of the winningest active coaches in Division I, having compiled a
542-191 record in 23 seasons. He is 374-119 as Cincinnati’s head coach,
including a 25-7 mark last year. Huggins has directed UC to postseason play in
each of his 15 seasons there.

He also coached at Akron for five years before joining Cincinnati and spent
three years at NAIA Walsh College.