The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

December 22, 2011

Huggins goes for milestone win No. 700

MORGANTOWN — As he stands there in front of his bench at the Coliseum, a black pullover covering the results of a way of life that the doctors who attended him when his heart stopped beating would never approve, West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins is a show unto himself.

One minute the arms are folded, a wry smile on his face, the next he stands with arms reaching skyward, a snarl on his face as he offers an opinion on a referee’s call. He may be running helter-skelter from one end of the bench to the other to get a player up and in the game before the player on the floor who just failed to perform properly even realizes he’s out of the game.

He may be standing there, finger pointed, growling eyeball to eyeball with a player, only to be there with his arm dangling loosely around his shoulder as he talks with the very same player, drawing a smile out of him.

That is Huggins.

He is a man; he is a basketball coach, one who will possess 700 victories when he wins his next game, probably tonight against Missouri State in Las Vegas as part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.

Only 18 major college coaches have compiled more victories and only three are active — Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, Jim Boeheim at Syracuse and Jim Calhoun at Connecticut.

It is a lot of wins … and Bob Huggins could care less.

“I honestly don’t think about those things,” he said, a trait he believes he got from his father, Charlie, a legendary high school coach in Ohio.

“I guess growing up the way I grew up had something do with it. I mean, my father is in every Hall of Fame in Ohio and no one could ever get him to send in his resume. The guys I grew up with are the guys who researched it, put it together and sent his resume in for him,” Huggins said.

“I guess some of that rubbed off on me. I’ve never done this for any other reason than I enjoyed working with young people, and I enjoyed watching guys grow.”

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