Title: Former West Virginia Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins Enters Diversion Program After Drunken Driving Arrest
In a recent development, former West Virginia men’s basketball coach, Bob Huggins, has entered a 12-month diversion program as part of resolving his drunken driving arrest. The formal arraignment, originally scheduled for a later date, was canceled after Huggins accepted the terms of the program.
Under this diversion program, Huggins may be able to complete his one-year probation period after just six months, provided he meets certain conditions, including participation in an alcohol treatment program. As part of the resolution, Huggins has been ordered to pay $2,810 in court costs and fees. Moreover, his driver’s license will remain suspended for a minimum of 60 days.
The incident leading to Huggins’ arrest occurred on June 16 when he was found stopped in the middle of traffic with a shredded tire. Subsequent breath tests revealed that his blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. The following day, West Virginia University announced Huggins’ resignation, citing a text message from Huggins’ wife as one of the factors behind the decision.
However, Huggins claims that he never officially resigned and is seeking to retain his job. He has since checked into a rehabilitation facility, showing his commitment to addressing his alcohol-related issues.
Controversy has also surrounded Huggins due to his use of an anti-gay slur and denigration of Catholics in a radio interview back in May. This incident had already resulted in a suspension, a reduction in salary, and changes to his contract.
It is worth noting that Huggins, aged 69, was inducted into the prestigious Basketball Hall of Fame in September. His coaching success, including leading West Virginia to multiple NCAA tournaments and Final Four appearances, has made him one of the most respected figures in college basketball.
As Huggins continues his journey to address his personal challenges, the basketball community eagerly awaits the final resolution of this case and his potential return to the coaching arena.
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