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|Volume 68, Issue 25,
Monday, September 30, 2002
Huggins now in stable condition
Cougar Sports Services
After suffering a heart attack while on a recruiting trip in Pittsburgh, Penn., Cincinnati basketball head coach Bob Huggins is said to have improved to a serious but stable condition, the Associated Press reported.
Huggins, who has led the Conference USA basketball
powerhouse to national recognition, will remain in the hospital for at least two more days before he is allowed to return to Cincinnati, Ohio.
Cincinnati basketball head coach Bob Huggins paces the court at Hofheinz Pavilion during the 2001-02 season. Huggins suffered a heart attack Saturday while on a recruiting trip in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Kevin Harwerth/The Daily Cougar
Huggins was at the Pittsburgh International Airport at the time of the attack. He was taken to The Medical Center, Beaver, in Beaver, Penn. — 24 miles northwest of Pittsburgh where he remains in serious but stable condition according to hospital spokesman Scott Monit at a media briefing.
Huggins was on his way to a coaching clinic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Huggins, 49, worried about having a heart attack since his father had a heart attack before he was 40 years old.
Upon arrival in Beaver, Huggins underwent surgery to implant a stent, a tiny metal mesh device, to the artery open.
According to former Kentucky player Bret Bearup — a close friend of Huggins — the coachis heart stopped beating momen-
tarily before it was shocked back.
Huggins was the third-youngest coach to accumulate 500 all-time wins in Division I-A play. His record at Cincinnati over 13 seasons is 332-100 and 500-172 overall — a .744 winning percentage. He also has the second-most wins among all active NCAA coaches.
Huggins is often characterized as a coach who constantly stands on the sideline screaming and expresses emotion during games. He has an incredible temper as well as a stellar record as a coach.
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