The Big 12 has issued a public reprimand and fine to WVU head coach Bob Huggins. The reprimand stems from his postgame comments following his team’s loss to Kansas on January 4th.
Big 12 Sanctions West Virginia Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins.
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) January 7, 2020
“Coach Huggins’ comments following the West Virginia vs. Kansas basketball game violate the Big 12 Conference’s sportsmanship policy,” said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. The public reprimand and fine were triggered by this being Huggins’ third such offense.
Huggins was noticeable upset at the officials throughout the game and expanded on his frustration in his postgame press conference.
“See I think the whole explanation is, and I’m not going to get in trouble for saying this because it’s not degrading anybody,” Huggins said after the loss. “You’ve got three guys out there who all see the game differently…and so, you get a call on one end from a guy who thinks he made the right call, and he probably did, and then you don’t get that same call on the other end because there’s another guy down there who didn’t think that that was a play-on, shouldn’t be called….I think that’s hard on officials.”
Huggins continued: “It’s a hard deal. If they wouldn’t get paid so damn much, I’d feel sorry for them. But since I know what their check is, I don’t feel a bit sorry for ’em.”
Regardless of the reprimand, this season has been one of Huggins best coaching jobs yet, guiding the 16th ranked Mountaineers to a 12-2 record.
There has been no comment in response from Huggins or West Virginia University.