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Bob Huggins Asked About Future, What’s Next for WVU Basketball



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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins was asked about his future after a first-round loss to Maryland in the NCAA Tournament.

For starters, Huggins said his main focus this season was making sure his team took care of business first by making the NCAA Tournament.

“You know the only thing I’ve thought about in the last whatever month and a half was getting these guys to a point where they could come here,” Huggins said.

Huggins, who coached in his 26th NCAA Tournament, is approaching the final year of his coaching contract, which ends in 2024. His contract with West Virginia University as a whole ends in 2027.

“I got people who think I should stay on for quite a while, and there’s people probably thinking I ought to pack it in and let some young kid come in and screw it up,” Huggins said.

Huggins has spent time adapting to the new era of college basketball in the last year. West Virginia went out and grabbed four quality players in the transfer portal with Erik Stevenson, Emmitt Matthews, Tre Mitchell and Joe Toussaint.

The Basketball Hall of Fame coach then discussed what’s next with the program heading into the offseason.

“In a way, we have already kind of talked about it. You know, I think we let them kind of diffuse for a while and then we’ll sit down with everybody, not just those guys, but the guys that have exhausted their eligibility, and we’ll sit down and talk about what we did right and what we did wrong and who is staying and who is going,” Huggins said.

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  1. D. Walk

    March 17, 2023 at 6:26 am

    West Virginia desperately needs a new basketball coach, a new football coach, a new culture. Bob Huggins should have been fired 3 years ago. The good old days of WV major sports are gone.

  2. Mike Asti

    March 17, 2023 at 7:36 am

    Saying he should’ve been fired three years ago means firing him a couple years removed from making the Sweet 16 3 out of 4 years. That’s absurd. They should’ve beat Maryland but they also went from as bad as last year was to back in the tournament. He also won a tournament game only two years ago. Acting likes he’s done nothing since 2010 just isn’t true. They also aren’t firing him with one year left on his contract.

  3. Fred Zara

    March 17, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Evidently. If you’re a reporter, you have to back his mediocre program or be banned from his presence! He can’t recruit …cant keep a good player if he happens to get one….. cant MOTIVATE player to give effort game in and game out …. Program will remain in the bottom third of the Big 12 until he’s gone !

  4. Daniel Richards

    March 17, 2023 at 10:47 am

    Huggs keeps WVU relevant. Take a stroll down High Street and then compare EVERY Big 12 downtown. Try and recruit with that as a sales point!
    Coliseum? Antiquated is being kind.
    Everyone is always replaceable but Bob Huggins is best for WVU right now.
    He’ll known when it’s time to go.

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