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Bob Huggins Drunk? West Virginia Coach Reportedly Drank Before Nike Clinic Speech

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Head coach Bob Huggins of the West Virginia Mountaineers gives out some instructions against the Kansas State Wildcats during the first half on December 8, 2011 at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. | Getty

West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins was one of many current and former college basketball coaches -- from Coach K to Bob Knight -- to speak at a Nike clinic over the weekend at Robert Morris College. But it was only Huggins' speech that apparently raised eyebrows in Pittsburgh.

Deadspin reported that an eye witness noticed Huggins slurring his speech. Many who were present for his presentation on Saturday tweeted about Huggins' state of mind.

Justin Saputski
Bob Huggins speaks drunk at basketball clinic today

- Bob Huggins at Nike Coaching Clinic = drunk and borderline racist...actually racist, not borderline.

Matthew Stead
Saw some great coaches at the Nike Clinic. Bob Knight was great, Billy D & Roy Williams were good. Bob Huggins was drunk during his session.

Erin Keith
Bob Huggins, you were entertaining to say the least. It wasn't obvious at all you were trashed. "Bad shot lead to bad passes!"

Told Huggins 'speech' @ Nike clinic on Sat invoked fond memories of his critically-acclaimed late-'90s performance on police cruiser dashcam

If true, this wouldn't be Huggins' first public incident involving alcohol. In 2004, when Huggins was the coach at Cincinnati, he was arrested on a drunken driving charge, in which he pled no contest to DUI.

A few months after Huggins was forced to resign from his position at Cincinnati in August of 2005, he spoke about drinking with Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News. When asked if he drinks less now after the DUI, Huggins said "sure."

"The reality is, I'm not 32, 35 years old any more,"
Huggins said. I'm 52 years old. I used to sleep four hours a night. I can't do that. There's a lot of things in my life that have changed. After I had the heart attack, and I'm on all this medication — I can't."

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