Update: Criminal Complaint Attached
Pittsburgh, PA – West Virginia University Head Basketball Coach has been cited for Driving Under the Influence Friday in Pittsburgh..
The arrest was first reported by MetroNews based upon information from the Pittsburgh Police Department.
According to that information, Huggins was driving a black SUV at around 8:30 p.m. on Merchant Street off of Ridge Avenue when officers spotted the vehicle in the middle of the road blocking traffic. Police said the driver’s side door was open and the vehicle had a flat and shredded tire.
“Officers directed the male driver on how best to move off the road so they could help with the flat tire,” MetroNews quotes the police report. “When they observed him having difficulty maneuvering the SUV to allow vehicles to pass, they activated their lights to pull him over. Upon questioning, officers had strong suspicion to believe the male was intoxicated.”
It continued, They asked him to exit the vehicle to perform standard field sobriety tests, which he failed. The male was placed in custody without incident and transported for further testing.”
The news site said that police identified the driver as Robert Huggins, 69, of Morgantown. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence.
“He was released from custody and will appear for a preliminary hearing at a later date,” MetroNews reported.
Huggins, who was recently inducted into the National College Basketball Hall of Fame for his coaching record, had been under fire a few weeks ago for homophobic remarks he made in a Cincinnati radio station.
He had already been ordered not to coach the first three games of 2023-24 because of the Cincinnati incident. In addition, his salary was cut by $1 million and he quickly apologized for what he said on the air.
He also had a previous DUI when he was coaching the University of Cincinnati basketball team which led to his dismissal there in 2004.
The HuffPost.com issued an article in April 2012 titled: Bob Huggins Drunk? West Virginia Coach Reportedly Drank Before Nike Clinic Speech.
The police criminal complaint can be found here: