The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

November 13, 2009

Huggins makes stop in Fairmont

FAIRMONT — The fourth-winningest active college basketball coach in America was here Thursday to address the local civic clubs. And the coach who has had 20 or more wins in all but four of his 27 seasons says he is “looking forward to a great year.”

West Virginia University coach Bob Huggins, who now has 639 victories to his credit, discussed numerous topics but stressed that he “likes to hang banners” and hinted that when he gets old and retires, he would like to see some banners saying that his Mountaineers were the champions, or “national champions,” during his tenure here.

He noted that WVU has sold some 7,900 season tickets this year and hopes a Big East ticket package will guarantee that the Coliseum is sold out for Big East games.

He said as for the black uniforms, “That was Nike that did that. That’s Nike. It’s not me. I wear black because I am fat,” and everyone laughed at that remark.

“If you saw me or saw pictures of my gold suit, you’ll know what I mean,” he said.

Then he reverted back to his team members for 2009-2010.

“I think we have a chance to be a pretty good basketball team,” he said. He said that Da’Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks are “as good a pair of forwards as there are in the country.”

He said that doesn’t mean they are the two best but as a tandem, there are few better.

Asked who might start against Loyola Sunday in the season opener at the Coliseum, he said the five would probably be Ebanks, Butler, newcomer Casey Mitchell, Truck Bryant and sophomore Kevin Jones, with senior Wellington Smith probably being the first man off the bench.

When asked which player has been the biggest surprise this fall, he singled out junior reserve John Flowers.

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