CINCINNATI -- Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati's greatest player, will serve as the Bearcats' interim head coach until Bob Huggins returns from suspension on Aug. 27.
The Hall of Famer replaces Dan Peters, who left Cincinnati on Tuesday to become an assistant coach at Ohio State.
"I appreciate Oscar's willingness to step up for his university
and its basketball program," athletic director Bob Goin said in a
statement. "He provides a wonderful opportunity for our young men
to learn from a great basketball player and a leader in the
business and the community."
Peters had been the team's interim coach since Huggins was suspended in June.
Goin said Robertson has agreed to provide oversight and meet
with players on a regular basis, as well as provide counseling on
their academic responsibilities. Robertson will not have any
off-campus recruiting duties, but will be allowed to participate in
on-campus recruiting as permitted under NCAA rules, Goin said.
Robertson said in the statement released by the school that he
considers it a great honor and opportunity to work for the school
he played for from 1957-60.
"I will do whatever I can to help develop these young men for
their futures on and off the court," he said.
Robertson could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. His home telephone number in Cincinnati is unlisted.
Robertson was The Associated Press' national player of the year in 1959 and '60, and he still holds Cincinnati's record for points
Robertson played 14 seasons in the NBA for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. He made the All-Star team 12 times.
Huggins has been suspended for a drunken driving conviction.
Huggins, who began a new three-year contract on July 1, was placed
on paid, indefinite suspension June 12, following his arrest for
driving under the influence.
The 50-year-old pleaded no contest, was fined $350 and given a suspended six-month jail sentence that required him to attend a
three-day education course.