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With Calhoun Retiring, Huggins Could Move Into Top-3 Wins All-Time in 21-22

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – On Thursday afternoon, it was first reported by Dom Amore, that legendary coach Jim Calhoun has stepped down from the Saint Joseph job, ending his 43-year run as a head coach.

Calhoun is most known for coaching UCONN from 1987-2012, building a great basketball program. Calhoun won three national championships with the Huskies (1999, 2004, 2011).

What does Bob Huggins have to do with this?

Huggins is currently tied for fifth all-time in the NCAA coaching wins list, with 902. Huggins tied Bobby Knight with the Backyard Brawl win last Friday against Pitt.

“Guys, I’m telling you, I know you’re going to think it’s BS but I don’t think about it,” Huggins said. “I have great respect for coach Knight, he’s become a good friend of mine. Would it make a difference if I won 902, or 900? It doesn’t matter.”

Huggins will pass Knight and Roy Williams on the all-time wins list this season, as the Mountaineers just need two more wins to do so. Calhoun is at No. 3 with 920 wins. If West Virginia has a decent season, they’ll just need 19 more wins for Huggins to pass Calhoun and become the third all-time most winningest coach.

In the eight meetings all-time, Calhoun is 6-2 against Huggins.

Huggins then will be just behind Mike Krzyzewski (1,174) and Jim Boeheim (984) as they continue to coach this season.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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