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Clippers Offer Job to Huggins

July 31, 2000

CINCINNATI (AP) _ The Los Angeles Clippers have offered their head coaching job to University of Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins, the school’s athletic director confirmed Sunday night.

Huggins, who has turned Cincinnati into a perennial Top 25 program during his 11 years as head coach, told athletic director Bob Goin about the offer over the weekend.

WXIX-TV in Cincinnati said the Clippers have offered a four-year contract worth roughly $2 million per year. Goin, contacted through a university official, declined to confirm specifics.

Huggins is expected to decide in the next few days.

``He’s weighing it very thoroughly,″ Goin told the television station. ``He’s talked to a lot of people he has confidence in. I really couldn’t tell you what that decision will be.″

The Clippers would not confirm the report.

``Bob Huggins has been and continues to be a candidate for the Clippers’ head coaching vacancy. He was in Los Angeles for an initial meeting Friday afternoon,″ said Joe Safety, Clippers’ vice president of communications.

Huggins’ name has been linked with various NBA coaching vacancies since the end of the season. He denied a report earlier this month that that Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling had discussed the job with him.

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