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Youngstown State Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun Believes Bob Huggins Deserves a Statue



Bob Huggins

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Following West Virginia’s 82-52 win over Youngstown State on Wednesday night, YSU’s head coach Jerrod Calhoun told the media postgame that he believes that Bob Huggins should have a statue outside of the WVU Coliseum.

“He’s the master of it. That’s why he should be in the Hall of Fame, that’s why he should have a statue outside of the coliseum,” Calhoun said. “We’ve got the Jerry [West] statue and the Hot Rod [Hundley] statue, let Huggs enjoy it. Get that statue up. This guy is a hall of famer, definitely should have a statue here soon. I’m shocked it’s not out there.”

Calhoun is in his fifth season coaching at Youngstown State. The 40-year-old first got into coaching when he served as a student assistant under Bob Huggins at Cincinnati from 2003-04. After a stint at Walsh College, Calhoun came back to his teacher in Huggins and assisted him at West Virginia from 2007-12.

“They probably should do a statue of me but it ought to be about three inches tall,” Huggins said. “Then, it wouldn’t get in Jerry [West] and Rod’s [Hundley] way.”

Of course, Huggins was humble about what Calhoun had to say. The Morgantown, W. Va., native just won his 911th game as a head coach through his 40 years of being one. Huggins has taken two schools to the final four with Cincinnati in 1992 and West Virginia in 2010. Huggins has won 321 games as a head coach at his alma mater and most recently was eligible for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for the class of 2022.

Why not build a statue?

(Top Photo: Julia Mellett / WVSN)

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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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