Tuesday , Aug , 23 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Huggins will be forced to leave Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – University of Cincinnati men’s basketball
coach Bob Huggins will reportedly be fired or asked to accept a contract
buyout.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, on its website Tuesday, cited a source as saying a
letter will be sent to Huggins, asking him to resign and accept a $3 million
buyout of the remaining two years of his contract. If not, the paper said, he
will be fired and would receive $2 million in compensation.

The Enquirer also said that the school plans to ask associate head coach Andy
Kennedy to take over on an interim basis.

Huggins has a 399-127 record in 16 seasons at Cincinnati. His teams have made
14 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the Final Four in 1992. Last
spring, the Bearcats were knocked out of the tournament in the second round by
Kentucky.

Cincinnati is set to start play in the Big East Conference this fall.

Three months ago, Huggins was told he would not receive a contract extension
but said he would fulfill the remaining two years of his current deal.

Huggins had a rollover provision removed from his contract in the summer of
2004 following an arrest for drunk driving. After meeting with school
president Nancy Zimpher in May of this year, the long-time coach had the
option of taking a buyout or remaining with the Bearcats and chose the latter.

“I was notified that my contract wouldn’t be rolled over,” Huggins stated in
May. “I then have the option to retire or to continue to fill my contract. I
plan on fulfilling my contract. I love the players. I think I have an
obligation to them, certainly to their families, and I think to the fans and
the city of Cincinnati.”

Huggins was suspended with pay for two months in the summer of 2004 following
his arrest and no contest plea.

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