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Tearful Huggins is suspended

By wire services
Published June 13, 2004

CINCINNATI - Embarrassed by Bob Huggins' arrest on suspicion of a drunken driving, Cincinnati put its basketball coach on indefinite, paid suspension Saturday so he can get his life in order.

Athletic director Bob Goin declined to fix a length to the suspension, and held out the possibility Huggins could be back for next season, which would be his 16th at Cincinnati.

"When I feel comfortable that he's ready to resume his responsibilities, then I'll make that recommendation," Goin said.

With teary eyes and a halting voice, Huggins said he would do whatever the university asks so he can return as soon as possible.

"I made a terrible mistake that I will pay deeply for," Huggins said. "My intention is to do the right things. My intention is to do everything in my power to meet whatever conditions, whatever I'm asked to do by my superiors."

Goin will meet with Huggins before deciding what he must do for reinstatement.

Huggins' arrest most likely will get the attention of NCAA investigators. In the arrest report, Sgt. Jeff Bronson said Huggins told officers he had been talking to recruits and drank beer with a recruit's family Tuesday.

Huggins informed Goin of his arrest two days later. He also told Goin he wasn't recruiting, as indicated in the arrest report. Goin plans to tell the NCAA there were no recruiting violations.

"I think we'll probably be proactive on that and say it was erroneous," Goin said.

The arrest report said that when Huggins' car was stopped for drifting out of its lane, he told officers, "Don't do this to me," but was cooperative.

Huggins had slurred speech, staggered out of his car and couldn't keep his balance during a field sobriety test, according to the arrest report. Officers said he couldn't complete a breath analyzer test.

DUKE PLAYER DIES: Duke defensive lineman Micah Harris was killed Friday in a single-car accident on Interstate 85 in Virginia, authorities said. Harris, 21, was traveling north when his car ran off the road, struck several trees in the median and burst into flames about 2 miles north of Warfield, said Sgt. D.S. Carr with the Chesapeake division of the Virginia State Police. Coach Ted Roof said he was told by authorities that Harris apparently fell asleep. A two-year starter, Harris was expected to anchor the line.

TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Candice Scott of Florida repeated as women's hammer champion with a throw of 225 feet, 10 inches in Austin, Texas. In the women's 400 meters, Dee Dee Trotter of Tennessee came from behind in the final 50 meters to upset reigning U.S. champion Sanya Richards of Texas. Trotter, a junior, won in 50.32 seconds. Monique Henderson of UCLA was second at 50.62 and Richards was third at 50.68. For the men, UF freshman Kerron Clement claimed his first national title, winning the 400-meter hurdles in 49.05.

HARVARD-YALE REGATTA: Harvard's top-ranked crew won for the fifth year in a row in New London, Conn. The margin was 24.7 seconds.

[Last modified June 12, 2004, 23:37:23]


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