Bob Huggins, the longtime West Virginia males’s basketball coach, used an anti-gay slur in an interview with a Cincinnati radio station Monday, an incident he later apologized for in a press release.
The scenario is beneath assessment by each the college and its athletic division.
Throughout an look on the Invoice Cunningham Present on Newsradio 700 WLW, Huggins was requested about his former in-city rivalry in opposition to Xavier throughout his time because the coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats from 1989 to 2005.
“Any faculty that may throw rubber penises on the ground after which say they did not do it, my God, they will get away with something,” Huggins mentioned within the interview.
Cunningham then responded and mentioned, “I believe it was ‘transgender night time,’ wasn’t it?”
Huggins then mentioned, “What it was, was all these f-gs, these Catholic f-gs, I believe.”
He then added: “They had been envious they did not have one,” which gave the impression to be a reference to his earlier feedback about objects that had been thrown onto the courtroom throughout a recreation between Xavier and Cincinnati.
On the Mountaineers’ Twitter web page, a press release of apology appeared from Huggins at 5:21 p.m. ET.
“Earlier right now on a Cincinnati radio program, I used to be requested in regards to the rivalry between my former employer, the College of Cincinnati, and its crosstown rival, Xavier College,” the assertion learn.
“Throughout the dialog, I used a totally insensitive and abhorrent phrase that there’s merely no excuse for — and I will not attempt to make one right here. I deeply apologize to the people I’ve offended, in addition to to the Xavier College neighborhood, the College of Cincinnati and West Virginia College. As I’ve shared with my gamers over my 40 years of teaching, there are penalties for our phrases and actions, and I’ll totally settle for [anything] coming my approach. I’m ashamed and embarrassed and heartbroken for these I’ve damage. I have to do higher, and I’ll.”
Almost 20 minutes later, a press release from the college landed on the Mountaineers’ athletic division Twitter web page, addressing the “insensitive, offensive” remarks.
“Coach Huggins’ remarks right now on a Cincinnati radio present had been insensitive, offensive and don’t symbolize our college values,” the assertion learn. “West Virginia College doesn’t condone the usage of such language and takes such actions very critically. The scenario is beneath assessment and will probably be addressed by the college and its athletic division.”
Huggins, 69, is a West Virginia graduate, who additionally coached at Akron earlier than being employed at Cincinnati, after which coached at Kansas State earlier than becoming a member of the Mountaineers. In 38 years on the school sidelines, Huggins has an 863-389 profession document and a .689 successful proportion.