MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Radford head coach Darris Nichols showed his loyalty to the WVU basketball program following the game, on Saturday, which West Virginia won 67-51.
Nichols told the media that he spoke to the current Mountaineers after the game.
“Look, I don’t know what Huggs is going to come in here and say. He’s probably disappointed,” Nichols joked.
Nichols went into the locker room before Huggins and gave the team some advice about playing for his erstwhile coach.
“The thing I learned about playing for Huggs is if you listen to the tone instead of listen to the message, you have no chance,” Nichols told the team. “This is a dude that helped me get to where I am, changed my life, so whatever he’s telling you is the truth. But the only way you’re going to get better is to ascent the truth.”
Nichols played for West Virginia from 2005-08, as he was coached by Huggins his senior season. Nichols was on the Elite Eight team in 2005, two Sweet-16 teams in 2006 and 2008 and the NIT Championship team in 2007.
Nichols averaged 10.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists in his senior season for Huggins.
“I think they appreciated me coming in there. I just felt that they may need to hear from somebody else that went through it,” Nichols said.
The Radford, Virginia, native is in his first season as head coach for the Highlanders and is looking to impact the lives of college kids for years to come.