West Virginia has announced consequences for head basketball coach Bob Huggins after he used a homophobic slur on a radio show earlier this week.

Huggins has been suspended for the first 3 games of the 2023-24 season, the program announced. He has also agreed to a $1 million salary reduction and will undergo educational training in partnership with WVU’s LGBTQ+ Center, per a university release.

Here’s the list of actions taken as a result of this incident, per WVU:

  • Coach Huggins will be suspended for the first three regular season games of the 2023-2024 season; and
  • His current employment contract will be amended from a multi-year agreement to a year-by-year agreement that will begin on May 10, 2023, and end on April 30, 2024.
  • We have made it explicitly clear to Coach Huggins that any incidents of similar derogatory and offensive language will result in immediate termination.

According to the university, the $1 million salary reduction will be used to “directly support” WVU’s LGBTQ+ Center, the Carruth Center and other national and state organizations.

Huggins also released an additional statement on Wednesday. Here is that statement in-full:

Over the past 48 hours, I have reflected on the awful words that I shared on a radio program earlier this week. I deeply regret my actions, the hurt they unfairly caused others and the negative attention my words have brought to West Virginia University.

I also regret the embarrassment and disappointment it has caused our Athletics family, members of our campus community and the state of West Virginia. I am sorry for the hurt and distress I have caused our students and our student-athletes. I represent more than just our University and our basketball program, and it pains me to know that I have let so many people down.

I have no excuse for the language I used, and I take full responsibility. I will abide with the actions outlined by the University and Athletics leadership to learn from this incident. I have had several conversations with colleagues and friends that I deeply respect and admire over the last 24 hours, and I am keenly aware of the pain that I have caused. I meant what I wrote on Monday – I will do better.

I am looking forward to working with WVU’s LGBTQ+ Center and other state organizations to learn more about the issues facing the community. As a leader, I am eager to use my platform to take what I learn and share it with a broader audience.

I also regret my comments regarding Xavier University. I am hopeful that my personal donation to the university to support its Center for Faith and Justice and its Center for Diversity and Inclusion will further the work it does and the impact it has on its students.

West Virginia and West Virginia University are my home. I love this University and know first-hand that the education and experiences students receive here make a difference. I am truly sorry for the damage I have done. And I am grateful for the chance to move forward in a way that positively represents this University and our state.

Huggins has been WVU’s head basketball coach since 2007.