Reporter Banned From Cincinnati Games

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(AP) The reporter who wrote a story in which Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins blasted fans for poor attendance has been barred from covering the Bearcats’ next two games.

Huggins and Cincinnati Post reporter Jason Williams argued about the story before a practice last Thursday. Athletic Director Bob Goin barred the reporter from home games Wednesday against DePaul and Saturday against Louisville.

Post Sports Editor Frank Carini is fighting the decision. Huggins declined to comment.

In a story by Williams published Jan. 8, Huggins lashed out over the lack of sellouts at the 13,176-seat Shoemaker Center, using profanity while referring to fans.

He reiterated during his weekly radio show two days later that he was disappointed by the small crowds, but he tried to soothe fans.

“I know what this town is capable of doing and certainly our fan base is capable of doing,” Huggins said. “But in no way, shape or form have I ever said or meant anything detrimental to our fans.”

The Bearcats (15-1) are No. 7 and have won their last 15 games, the longest active streak in the country. None of their eight home games has sold out this season.

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