MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins expressed his frustration following a 1-6 start in Big 12 play. Huggins went as far as to say he feels like he’s let down the fanbase.
“It’s frustrating, man. It’s frustrating. What kills me is that I sat here and said we’ll fix it. The people in the state of West Virginia, I told them I will fix it. I thought we were on that road of fixing it. Obviously, we are not. It’s frustrating,” Huggins said after a 69-61 loss to Texas. “I’m not the kind of person that wants to let people down. It hurts me to let people down. I feel like I’ve let the great fans of this state down.”
West Virginia came off of a 16-17 record last season and the coaching staff went right into the transfer portal to fix the team. WVU brought in Erik Stevenson, Emmitt Matthews, Tre Mitchell, Joe Toussaint and Jose Perez over the past calendar year, which was statistically one of the best transfer classes in the country.
West Virginia sits at an 11-8 overall record with a difficult stretch of games looming for the rest of the season.
It hasn’t been just the players that have flipped. WVU has lost assistant Erik Martin and departed with Larry Harrison over the past year, promoting Josh Eilert and hiring Cincinnati’s DerMarr Johnson.
West Virginia will travel to Lubbock, Texas, on Wednesday with a matchup against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders have yet to win a game in conference play. To say West Virginia needs a win against Texas Tech would be an understatement.