The Times West Virginian

June 9, 2014

Harris finds new home at Michigan St.

By Bob Hertzel
Times West Virginian

MORGANTOWN — Eron Harris apparently has found a home and it is going to be very interesting to see if it works out any better than his home in West Virginia.

Harris, who announced he was leaving Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers two and a half months ago, has settled on Michigan State, according to a tweet in which he said he was becoming a Spartan and reports by both ESPN and the Indianapolis Star.

Harris was supposed to visit former WVU coach John Beilein at Michigan over the weekend but did not make the visit.

Harris averaged 17.2 points a game at WVU last season but apparently was not at ease with the coaching methods of Huggins.

“We respected (Huggins’) coaching style but it probably wasn’t the best fit,” Harris told The Star on May 7. “Looking for that right fit as far as a coach goes is probably the biggest thing.”

Interesting he should wind up under Tom Izzo at Michigan State, who may be the only coach in America as intense as Huggins and who also stresses defense as strongly as does Huggins.

Huggins’ biggest problem with Harris was his defensive play.

Over the weekend, Huggins completed his recruiting class by adding a small forward with the movie star name of BillyDee Williams from South Plains Community College in Texas. Out of Orlando, Florida and Iowa Western Community College, he averaged 10.4 points a game while shooting 40 percent from 3 at South Plains as the sixth man.

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Coincidence?

I think not.

West Virginia pitcher Sean Carley was informed that he had been drafted by the New York Yankees while he was in a barber’s chair, getting his mullet and goatee cleaned up.

They had been his signature items, making him look nearly exactly like the foul-mouthed fictional HBO former pitcher Kenny Powers of the series “Eastbound & Down.”

It’s an image Carley promoted, being a hard-throwing pitcher himself.

Pictures of the two have gone viral on the Internet, a lot of coverage for a 14th-round pick.

Now what was coincidental about Carley being in a barber chair when he learned the Yankees had drafted him?

The Yankees require their players to be neatly groomed without facial hair … you might remember when outfielder Johnny Damon came over from the Red Sox and shaved.

It won’t be hard, though, for Carley. He transferred to WVU from the Air Force Academy, which also had a code.

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On the subject of WVU baseball players and the major leagues, San Diego Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko has been put on the 15-day disabled list with the painful foot injury named plantar fasciitis.

The injury may actually be welcome to get Gyorko, who had a strong rookie season with 23 home runs last year, away from a season-long slump that has seen his average tumble to .162 with five home runs and 24 RBIs.

The injury slowed Albert Pujols of the Angels last year.

Rest has been prescribed for Gyorko.

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Want a good laugh?

Bob Huggins tweeted one from his fantasy camp before heading into the hospital for his hip replacement surgery.

It’s a YouTube video of his director of basketball operations Billy Hahn dunking.

Hahn, you may know, is the former assistant coach who sits beside Huggins on the bench in the Coliseum wearing a black shirt, a little older guy with gray hair.

Dunk?

Well, let’s just say they lowered the basket to about 6-feet, 3-inches off the floor and in a less than graceful manner Hahn not only dunked but went head over heels following his effort.

It was almost as funny as him getting a technical foul called on him last season.

Follow Bob Hertzel on Twitter @bhertzel