Sunday, June 13, 2004

Goin statement



Statement from UC athletic director Bob Goin announcing basketball coach Bob Huggins' indefinite suspension:

"I was saddened to be told of the incident of Tuesday night. My heart is heavy because of the enormous hurt it has caused to so many. No one is without fault. I stand before you happy that I don't have to share any more of mine than you all know.

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University of Cincinnati Athletic Director Bob Goin.
(Ernest Coleman photo)
HUGGINS ARRESTED
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UC puts Huggins on leave with pay
Tape implies prior Huggins stop
Judge's discretion has guidelines
Bearcats lose their identity
Stress, crises took toll on coach
UC not worried about NCAA
Bearcats of seasons past standing by their mentor
Goin statement

RELATED LINKS
Video icon Saturday news conference
Video icon Police in-cruiser video of Huggins being pulled over
Video icon Video of Huggins' Friday news conference
Daugherty: DUI is a blessing for Huggins
View the police report

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
"I believe you know the deep personal and professional relationship I have with Bobby and I honor that relationship. He has dedicated himself to his job, sacrificing time for himself and the ones that he loves and holds so dearly.

"I believe the strain of 15 high-pressure seasons, a near fatal heart attack and the loss of his mother, the backbone of his family and his personal confidant have placed an unordinary amount of stress on him.

"In my time as director here, I can tell you without challenge that I've asked Bobby to please take some time to rest and spend quality time away from the job. You can only imagine the resistance, not because it didn't sound good to him, but the demands of running a high-pressure, Division I, nationally- ranked program that many of you present and thousands more who can't fit into this room demand to be ultra-successful.

"It's well-documented that I believe in second chances. Some of you are thinking even third and fourth. I have also done that with conditions.

"Today, I'm giving a man dedicated to his job, to this university and all his friends and family that second chance, but with conditions. I am placing Bobby on mandatory suspension, completely away from the demands of his job. This will permit him the opportunity to reflect, re-energize and update his life priorities.

"It will also let him address any personal matters which he has ignored. If he will accept this in the good faith in which it is intended and with the support of his family and all who love him, it is my desire that Bobby will return fresh and better conditioned to resume the demands of a job which he loves so dearly.

"In closing, many of you have credited me with keeping Bobby here as the basketball coach. I believe with every fiber of my being that this action is what will keep Bobby as your coach for many years to come."




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Tape implies prior Huggins stop
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Goin statement

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