West Virginia University Remains Silent on Potential Contenders for Men’s Basketball Head Coach
West Virginia University is keeping tight-lipped about who may step in as the new head coach of its men’s basketball team following the resignation of longtime coach Bob Huggins.
Huggins, who referred to his 17 seasons as coach as “the honor of my professional career,” tendered his resignation after being arrested for driving under the influence. The incident occurred on Friday, and Huggins made the decision to step down on Saturday.
“My recent actions do not represent the values of the University or the leadership expected in this role. While I have always tried to represent our University with honor, I have let all of you – and myself – down,” Huggins said in a statement.
“I am solely responsible for my conduct and sincerely apologize to the University community – particularly to the student-athletes, coaches, and staff in our program. I must do better, and I plan to spend the next few months focused on my health and my family so that I can be the person they deserve.”
Huggins’ blood alcohol level was found to be three times the legal limit in Pennsylvania, where he was taken into custody by the Pittsburgh Police Department.
Huggins, a WVU graduate, began his coaching career at the university as an assistant coach in 2007. However, this is not the first time he has faced disciplinary action. In May, Huggins received a three-game suspension and a $1 million pay cut for using an anti-gay slur. He also agreed to undergo sensitivity training at the university’s LGBTQ+ Center.
“We support his decision so that he can focus on his health and family,” WVU President Gordon Gee and VP Wren Baker said in a statement. “On behalf of West Virginia University, we share our appreciation for his service to our University, our community, and our state. During his time as a student-athlete, assistant coach, and head coach, Coach Huggins devoted himself to his players, to our student body, to our fans and alumni, and to all West Virginians. His contributions will always be a part of our history.”
Under Huggins’ leadership, the Mountaineers reached the Final Four in 2010 and secured eleven NCAA Tournament titles, including a recent win last season. Huggins’ career boasts an impressive 345 wins.
Uncertainty Surrounds Interim Coach
As the team’s first game approaches on November 6, it remains unclear whether WVU’s assistant coach, Ron Everhart, will be promoted to temporarily take over in Huggins’ absence.
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