Thursday , Jul , 15 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Huggins to be reinstated

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – University of Cincinnati athletic director
Bob Goin announced during a Thursday press conference that men’s head
basketball coach Bob Huggins will be reinstated on August 27.

Huggins was suspended indefinitely with pay by the school on June 12 following
his arrest four days earlier for driving under the influence. He apologized
during a news conference on June 11.

The 50-year-old 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. Huggins was taken
into custody and later released when his wife arrived to pick him up.

Huggins pleaded no contest to the charge of drunk driving. He was then ordered
by Magistrate John Holschuh Jr. of the Fairfax Mayor’s Court to take a
three-day alcohol education course and pay a $350 fine plus court costs. If
Huggins completed the requirements, he would not have to serve a six-month
jail term or pay the remainder of the $1,000 fine.

He was also told to vacate his office and give up use of his university-
furnished automobile.

Goin felt comfortable reinstating Huggins next month after meeting with the
head coach three or four times. Goin added that Huggins is well aware of the
new responsibilities ahead of him.

“Mistakes are made and that’s when the University of Cincinnati must show it
has a heart and has passion,” Goin said. “Following conversations with the
coach, we have decided to conclude this suspension on August 27.”

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.

“I’m deeply appreciative of the way the university handled my situation and
allowed me the opportunity to return to the role I love,” Huggins said in a
statement. “It’s allowed me time to reflect on changes that certainly I can
make personally and professionally that will do nothing but continue to help
the mission here at the University of Cincinnati.”

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

Dan Peters has been guiding the men’s basketball team while Huggins serves his
suspension. Peters has been on the Cincinnati staff for the past five
seasons, serving as associate head coach the last two years.