posted on Jun, 11 2004 @ 01:20 PM
CINCINNATI (AP) - University of Cincinnati basketball coach Bob Huggins was scheduled to appear in court Friday following his arrest on charges he was
driving drunk after visiting with a recruit in an eastside suburb.
Huggins, 50, had trouble staying in his lane, had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol when he was pulled Tuesday over in the village of Fairfax,
according to a police report. Neither Huggins nor the university had immediate comment. The school scheduled a news conference for Saturday morning
with athletics director Bob Goin.
Huggins' arrest is the latest black mark on a program that has been trying to get beyond a string of player arrests and NCAA rules violations in the
The police report said Huggins told the police officer, Sgt. J. Bronson, that he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, the police
report said Huggins was unable to perform a field sobriety test, had slurred speech, red, watery eyes and staggered out of the car after he was
stopped. The report said there was a strong odor of alcohol and vomit on the driver's side door.
Huggins was arrested and brought to the village's police station, where he was picked up by his wife. He was scheduled to appear in the village's
mayor court Friday evening. The report said Huggins was unable to give a complete breath test.
The arrest comes less than two years since Huggins had a massive heart attack while recruiting in Pennsylvania. Huggins returned to coach the team in
the 2002-03 season, not missing any time because of the heart attack.