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June 9, 2014

Huggins’ hip surgery goes smoothly

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins underwent surgery early Monday morning to replace his right hip.

The procedure went smoothly and he was doing fine after surgery, according to his family.

Huggins had been bothered by the hip for a number of years.

While he decided it was time to go through the surgery, rather than do it right after the season and be limited through the recruiting period, Huggins opted to wait until after recruiting was over.

He hosted his fantasy camp this past weekend and was at full go for the festivities there.

Huggins will undergo rehabilitation over the summer and is expected to be ready to go at full speed in time to be on the road for the July recruiting period.

Huggins turns 61 on Sept. 21.

He is one of only four active coaches with 700 or more victories, has twice been to the Final Four and has led teams to 15 NCAA Tournament appearances.

After becoming a well-known and controversial figure at the University of Cincinnati and spending a year at Kansas State, Huggins returned to WVU, his alma matter, in 2007, replacing John Beilein.

His teams have struggled the past two seasons, missing the NCAA Tournament each year.

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