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Legendary West Virginia college basketball coach Bob Huggins was arrested Friday night after being charged with driving under the influence.
Huggins, 69, was pulled over after police tried to help him get off the road in Pittsburgh because his vehicle had a flat tire, according to police.
“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. When they observed him having difficulty maneuvering the SUV to allow vehicles to pass, they activated their lights to pull him over,” the police report said.
The report added that officers at the scene had a “strong suspicion” that Huggins was intoxicated. The criminal complaint against Huggins says he had a blood alcohol content of .210. Empty beer cans in trash bags were also found in the car, according to CBS Sports.
“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 police report added.
The University of West Virginia, where Huggins leads the men’s basketball team, said that it was reviewing the incident.
“West Virginia University is aware of an incident last night involving Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins, for which he was charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in the City of Pittsburgh. We are gathering more information and will take appropriate action once the review is complete,” the school said.
Huggins previously found himself in hot water this year after he referred to an opposing team’s fans as “Catholic f**s.” As punishment, his salary was knocked down by $1 million, he was required to attend sensitivity training, and he was suspended three games for the next season.
Huggins, an Ohio native who graduated from West Virginia, has been a college basketball coach for 38 years. His career includes stints at the University of Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State, and his current job at West Virginia. He has compiled an 863-389 record.
Huggins was fired from the Cincinnati job in 2005 despite leading the team to 14 straight NCAA tournament berths, after being arrested a year earlier for driving under the influence. Since taking over at West Virginia in 2007, Huggins has led the Mountaineers to 11 NCAA tournament appearances.