Bob Huggins’ daughter passionately defended her father after the Basketball Hall of Famer resigned from his position as West Virginia’s men’s basketball coach on Saturday.

Huggins was arrested on a DUI charge Friday around 8:30 p.m. Authorities said responding officers asked Huggins to step aside, but noted that he was having trouble doing so.

Upon further questioning, officers suspected that he was intoxicated and asked him to get out of the vehicle. The police report said he failed standard field sobriety tests and he was taken into custody without further incident and transported for further testing. According to the Herald-Dispatch, officers found a trash bag of empty beer cans in the front of the vehicle and empty beer bottles in the trunk.


It was later determined that his blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit.

Jacque Huggins posted a lengthy statement on Facebook to West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee and the school board and said her father was not an alcoholic.

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins watches from the bench during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State, Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

«To Gordon Gee and his board, be better and do better. Throwing rocks at greenhouses is also not the way to represent a great University. Treating someone like they don’t matter after they’ve given their whole heart and soul to their University» . «You could have helped, but you chose to turn your back. Not only on him, the boys, the staff, the drivers. Everyone. You are the classless, the cowards, the traitors and, above all, the hypocrites.» said. post read.

«Remember the $24 million practice facility, which was in no way funded by the University? The $17 million in their hospitals for cancer research? I can only pray that you never make another mistake like the one you made at the past to be crucified for.Cue Ohio State.Enrollment down 30%,mountains of debt and much more to list.Do the job you’re assigned and win back WVU.


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West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins reacts during the second half against the Maryland Terrapins in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Legacy Arena at the BJCC on March 16, 2023 in Birmingham, Alabama . (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

«Not that I need to touch more on what happened, but I will,» he added. «Because the people at the top don’t deserve the right to hide how it really happened and the kind of people they really are. My dad is a non-alcoholic, he drinks like 90% of us, and he made a mistake that cost him his job, reputation, and his livelihood, which he did not deserve.

«He told Gordon and his board that he was going to rehab for a 60-day period so he could stay with these guys. The guys who don’t want to play for anyone else. That’s how much he cares. He refused. Not even considered. 100% not without thinking. He was also given 30 MINUTES to decide whether to get fired or retire. But they want to preach this society of understanding and compassion. I haven’t raised the bar, but I’m pretty sure there are some strict laws against it. this. Once a mountaineer, always a mountaineer, right?

Jacque Huggins then addressed the idea that her father had beer cans «all over the car.»


«After the ‘beer cans all over the car,’ the cans were in bags and not all the beer cans. There’s a small group in Morgantown that knows my dad collects cans for recycling. He always has, always has.» he will. That’s his thing. Acting like he’s driving while drinking beers like the media wants to portray is absolutely absurd. The society in this world we live in doesn’t always tell the truth. The media will tell you what they want you to believe or what they want you to make. Of course, that choice is yours to accept or not, but know that it’s not always a given. It’s easy to judge a person from the outside looking in.»

He added that his father wanted nothing more than to win a championship in West Virginia and that he was a «once in (a) 1000 year coach.»

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West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins watches the game clock in the second half of the game at the Hilton Coliseum on February 27, 2023 in Ames, Iowa. (David K. Purdy/Getty Images)

«The lack of compassion shown in this situation absolutely disgusts me. The way it was handled disgusts me. If this is how you treat one of your own, how will you treat the others?»

It was the second such arrest for Bob Huggins. The other occurred in 2004 when he was in Cincinnati and was allowed to return to work.


Huggins was suspended three games to start the 2023-24 season when he used a gay slur on a radio referring to members of Xavier University.

Associated Press contributed to this report.