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Wren Baker and Bob Huggins to Meet Soon About Future



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Bob Huggins has a talk with Big 12 referee John Higgins Feb. 4 in Morgantown. (WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose)

During Wren Baker’s press conference with the media on Monday morning, the WVU Director of Athletics was asked about the future of Bob Huggins and if any conversations have started.

“We haven’t had our end of the year meeting yet. We’re going to try and sit down towards the end of the week. Obviously, we finished strong. I said this consistently throughout the year. I know the win total where he would like for it to be or our fans would like it to be. I felt like all year we were a top 30-ish team and the metrics proved that out. Those metrics are not subjective, they’re objective. I was really happy the way it finished. Coach Huggins obviously has had such a rich tradition here. He’s a Hall of Famer. He and I will sit down and talk about what it looks like but I certainly have enjoyed working with him,” Baker said.

Huggins’ coaching contract expires after the 2023-24 season but has until May 1 every year until 2027 to continue to extend. The Basketball Hall of Famer has the next five weeks to figure out if he wants to coach for the 2024-25 season at WVU.

To no surprise, Huggins did not think about his future during the season.

“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 following the loss to Maryland last Thursday. “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 did mention in that same press conference that he looks to regroup with the possible returning players about next season and what the team needs to do to take the next step.

“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.

West Virginia will lose Erik Stevenson, Emmitt Matthews and Kedrian Johnson to graduation, as well as Jamel King, who entered the transfer portal on Monday.

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