NBA legend Robertson named interim Bearcats coach
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – The University of Cincinnati named alumnus
and former NBA great Oscar Robertson as its interim men’s basketball head
coach, director of athletics Bob Goin said Tuesday.
Robertson takes the place of suspended head coach Bob Huggins, who is eligible
to return to the team on August 27. Huggins was charged with drunk driving in
“It is a great honor and opportunity for me to work with the team and to
assist the university,” said Robertson, a 12-time All-Star in 14 NBA seasons
with the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. “I will do whatever I can to
help develop these young men for their futures on and off the court.
Robertson will hold regular meetings with the UC players and provide
counseling towards their academic and off-court duties. He will take part in
some on-campus recruiting activities as permitted by the NCAA.
“I appreciate Oscar’s willingness to step up for his university and its
basketball program,” said director of athletics Bob Goin. “He provides a
wonderful opportunity for our young men to learn from a great basketball
player and a leader in business and in the community.”
Robertson, the Associated Press national Player of the Year for the Bearcats
in both 1959 and 1960, still holds UC career records for points and rebounds.