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    UC to Huggins: Resign or be fired

    UC to Huggins: Resign or be fired

    By Paul Daugherty
    Enquirer staff writer

    Bob Huggins, the winningest basketball coach in University of Cincinnati history, will be fired or forced to resign within the next 24 hours. Huggins has been asked to resign, effective immediately, a source close to the situation said Tuesday morning. Bearcats associate head coach Andy Kennedy will be asked to become interim head coach.

    The move comes two months after university president Nancy Zimpher declined to exercise the rollover option of Huggins’ contract. The ensuing divide between Zimpher and Huggins fueled speculation that Huggins’ 16-year run at UC might end abruptly.

    A source said a letter would be sent Tuesday to Huggins’ representative Richard Katz asking the coach to accept a $3 million buyout of the remaining two years of his contract. Huggins would have 24 hours to accept the deal. If he rejected it, the source said, Huggins would be “terminated without cause” and compensation would be reduced to $2 million.

    “I can confirm that we have been in discussions with the university concerning our request for the restoration of the four-year rollever, or an extension of the contract so that Bob can retire as the head coach as the head coach of the University of Cincinnati,” Katz said.

    The shocking end to the 51-year-old Huggins’ highly successful run comes barely two months before the Bearcats begin practice for their first season in the Big East Conference. It is certain to spark fan and donor protest and, possibly, backlash from recruits who have committed to UC, and current players loyal to Huggins.

    Huggins’ UC record of 399-127 and his string of 14 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (third longest in the nation) was not enough to overcome the poor national image the basketball program had acquired under his watch. Even as player graduation rates improved in recent years, and Huggins’ on-court demeanor became less tempestuous, Zimpher and UC’s Board of Trustees determined the program to be a liability to the school’s overall image.
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    Re: UC to Huggins: Resign or be fired

    Here we go again, Nancy Zimpher needs to go away.

    If Huggs is fired she better be ready for a media firestorm like she's never been through before.

    Edit: Yes, fire the coach when you are 3 months away from starting the season in one of the toughest conferences in the NCAA..........GENIUS! Let Andy Kennedy take us to the Big East! Gooooooooooooooooooooooo Nancy!

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    Re: UC to Huggins: Resign or be fired

    Man oh man, the stuff is going to hit the fan on this.

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    Re: UC to Huggins: Resign or be fired

    The shocking end to the 51-year-old Huggins’ highly successful run comes barely two months before the Bearcats begin practice for their first season in the Big East Conference. It is certain to spark fan and donor protest and, possibly, backlash from recruits who have committed to UC, and current players loyal to Huggins.
    The players should transfer to UCs biggest rival.

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    Re: UC to Huggins: Resign or be fired

    Nancy Zimpher is about to become the most hated person in Cincinnati.
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    Re: UC to Huggins: Resign or be fired

    A note the UC folks who are fans of Huggins:

    Outside of the tri-state, Bob Huggins has made your school the punch line to a lot of jokes.

    This is an absolutely necessary move if the University wants to regain any shred of credibility with the rest of the country. It's a move that should have been made 5 or 10 years ago.

    Ya know, it's not unlike Marge Schott and the Reds. Some of the local folks thought she was just a quirky old lady. Meanwhile, the rest of the country either rolled its eyes or chuckled when her name was mentioned. No one took her seriously.

    Same thing with Huggins.

    The basketball team is the face of the University to a lot of folks outside of the tri-state.

    It's a face that has been covered with egg for an awfully long time.

    Glad to see that someone is finally doing something about it.

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    Re: UC to Huggins: Resign or be fired

    Quote Originally Posted by savafan
    Nancy Zimpher is about to become the most hated person in Cincinnati.
    This guy is celebrating now. :obrien:
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    Re: UC to Huggins: Resign or be fired

    They wait until AFTER all the UCATS memberships and season tickets are renewed, they have the big $ in hand, and then announce it?

    I'd like to renounce my diploma. Never again will I pay to attend a game, if this goes through.
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    Re: UC to Huggins: Resign or be fired

    Quote Originally Posted by 15fan
    A note the UC folks who are fans of Huggins:

    Outside of the tri-state, Bob Huggins has made your school the punch line to a lot of jokes.

    This is an absolutely necessary move if the University wants to regain any shred of credibility with the rest of the country. It's a move that should have been made 5 or 10 years ago.

    Ya know, it's not unlike Marge Schott and the Reds. Some of the local folks thought she was just a quirky old lady. Meanwhile, the rest of the country either rolled its eyes or chuckled when her name was mentioned. No one took her seriously.

    Same thing with Huggins.

    The basketball team is the face of the University to a lot of folks outside of the tri-state.

    It's a face that has been covered with egg for an awfully long time.

    Glad to see that someone is finally doing something about it.

    If Huggins was going to be fired it should have been done sooner. Now the players who came to UC because of Huggins are getting screwed because he wont be there.

    Zimpher obviously knew she was going to fire Huggins but waited right before the basketball season to start and for recruits to commit. Pretty crappy of a thing to do.

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    Re: UC to Huggins: Resign or be fired

    from an unbiased observer I see
    1) An attempt to give UC more credibility as an academic institution, will it be in vain?
    2) Basketball program is in for a hard fall. Huggins is one of the best coaches in NCAA history, as his 399-127 in just 16 years at UC attests. The new coach will not be able to fill his shoes and the Cats are walking directly in to a much tougher basketball situation.
    3) The timing of this is ludicrous. The president didn't have the balls(I guess she is a woman) to get rid of him at the end of the season, now it may likely result in a lost recruiting class at a time when it is extremely important.
    4) The fallout from this is not going to be pretty in the short term and likely in the long term as well.
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    Re: UC to Huggins: Resign or be fired

    Quote Originally Posted by CTA513
    Zimpher obviously knew she was going to fire Huggins but waited right before the basketball season to start and for recruits to commit. Pretty crappy of a thing to do.
    almost seems like it is being done intentionally handled to humble the basketball program and lessen it's power.
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    Re: UC to Huggins: Resign or be fired

    The timing may be bad but the move was the right one. 15fan nailed this one.

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    Re: UC to Huggins: Resign or be fired

    While I appreciate the notion that UC wants to improve it's academic image, Dr Z is trying to make it into a Duke or Stanford - which it never has been, is not designed for, and never will be.
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    Re: UC to Huggins: Resign or be fired

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo Cabesa
    almost seems like it is being done intentionally handled to humble the basketball program and lessen it's power.
    Is it an assault just on the basketball program in an attempt to make the football program look better? it being the start of football season now..or an assault on the sports program in general?

    Hmm
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    Re: UC to Huggins: Resign or be fired

    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Serafini
    The timing may be bad but the move was the right one. 15fan nailed this one.
    UC got its money from the fan by making it look like Huggins was going to stay.... perfect timing.


    "It is certain to spark fan and donor protest and, possibly, backlash from recruits who have committed to UC, and current players loyal to Huggins."



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