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WVU coach Bob Huggins and transfer center Aaric Murray didn’t always see eye to eye last season.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins announced Monday that center Aaric Murray is no longer with the program.

The 6-foot-10 Murray, a transfer from LaSalle, spent time in Huggins’ doghouse early last season. He averaged 8.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game but was relegated to a reserve role late in the season and frequently found his playing time limited by foul trouble.

“We came to a mutual agreement that it would be in his best interest to finish his collegiate career somewhere else,” said Huggins.

Murray drew Huggins’ ire for failing to play with max effort at times. He was left on campus when the Mountaineers lost 81-66 to Michigan in Brooklyn.

“I mean, honestly, did we miss him? I don’t think we did,” Huggins said after that game at Barclays Center. “And if he doesn’t do right in the future, we’re not going to miss him then either.

“I’ve left guys home who were way, way, way better than Aaric Murray. I’ve sent a couple guys home after we got (to road games) that are way, way, way better than Aaric Murray.

After Murray sat out the 2011-12 season as a transfer, he was pitched by Huggins as a one-and-done player who would turn pro—whether in the NBA or overseas—after a single season at WVU. But Murray stated his desire to return last spring and subsequently tweeted throughout April and May his plans to play next season for the Mountaineers.

Because Murray graduated in May, he is eligible to transfer again and play his final season at another Division I program.

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  • big tom

    this is just another nail in higgie's casket.... does he have any judge of character anymore? ,,,
    our program is about shot,, and higgie making 10,000 per day, it's just really really sad..
    i'll come to another game when he's gone.

    • Big John

      You will not be missed-stay away but I am sure you will watch the game on television.

  • mauldawg

    Big Larry Tell me the difference between a Buffalo and a Bison. How come MU cant tell the difference. So much for your MU education.

    • Big Larry


      Do I have to educate you people about everything? Geeze...

      Because bison in America resembled the buffalo of the old world, explorers also called them buffalo. Actually, the word buffalo is believed to have been used by English settlers. This term was said to have been a modification of the name 'les boeufs' which French explorers gave to oxen or cattle. The term evolved, and soon many variations such as 'buffler,' 'boeffle,' and 'buffilo' were used.
      Although the terms buffalo and bison are now used synonymously, the scientific name for the 'buffalo' found in America is bison.

      The 'true' buffalo are often referred to as those in Asia or Africa. They belong to a different family than the American bison. The physical differences are more evident. These buffalo do not have a large hump and have a more slick appearance.

      Bison is the proper name for the largest mammal in North America, commonly known as the American Buffalo. A completely unrelated mammal, the buffalo, is found only in Africa and southeast Asia. Those animals are known as Cape Buffalo, in Africa, and the water buffalo in southeast Asia.

      Oh, One more thing...

      The National Bison Association encourages the name bison to differentiate the American buffalo from the Asian Water buffalo and African Cape buffalo

      • Charlie

        Good copy/paste.

  • richard

    first off....THESE AREN'T KIDS!!!! second, you can tell who the marshall fans are on this site. third, good luck and good ridance murray---you were more a thorn than you were a team player.

  • Big Larry

    Yes...If some of the new heralded recruits turn out to be a bust (and no doubt some of them will) Huggins will just get rid of them. Then the troll fans will say...

    "Its for the best...They didn't have any heart and were not team players etc. etc. etc..."

    Then Huggins can go find some more disheartened street players to replace them...

    It's a vicious endless cycle that will not completely end until Huggins is 80 years old and the bronze statue is erected next to the Jerry West statue.

  • Paul

    Its really sad how these kids are being publicly treated. They are just kids.

    • Jay

      Paul, I respectfully disagree with you (and Mike Gundy). These are 18- to 23-year-old young men. They are choosing to attend school on scholarship playing a very publicly visible sport. Poor work ethic (and other problems) has (have) consequences in life, especially when one is in the public eye. I am a college professor, and I try to teach my students that actions have consequences, some more visible and far-reaching than others. The student-athletes I've had in class, by and large, realize this. Aaric Murray is a young man. He needs to learn how to deal with criticism and praise with a level head if he doesn't know how to do so already. I do. You likely do in your job. It's life.

      Best of luck to Mr. Murray. He's a talented young man. When talent meets humility and hard work, you often achieve major goals.

  • Big Harv

    Hey folks,,calm down,,Murray was a signing mistake,,Huggs made the error,,he has corrected it..
    His incoming class is a good one,,but who knows,,could be some warts there too...If there are,,I am sure that he will also make that miistake go away.. Big Harv

  • WVUFan

    Huggins gave this kid another chance last year. You can bet Murray did something wrong again, so Huggins did what is best for the team. I will not comment on the opinions of the Herd girls, cause just like Herd athletics in this state nobody really cares. As for the negative comments from real WVU fans, everyone has different opinions regarding Huggs and that's ok. At the end of the day we all will be supporting the Basketball team with all our hearts as we always do. Losing Murray , my opinion, is probably best. he just did not have the attitude we want on our teams. I wish him the best. Lets Go EERS

    • JS

      Totally agree! Let's GOooooooo Mountaineers!!!

    • Charleston,WV

      Well stated.

      • Mike


  • cutty77

    I keep telling everyone 2015 Huggs has a Out in his New Contract. He will take it too. Oliver is Fully Aware of what is going on.

    • Big Larry


      If this program has to endure 3 more years of Huggins they may have to temporarily discontinue the Basketball program until they are able to compete again at the college level. It is already in the ABYSS now. It cant sink any lower but if Huggins walks away in 2015, It will take 5-7 years to repair the damage he has done.

      Dropping Basketball to make room for track & field will be a viable option by then.

      The Basketball program is in worse shape now than day 1 when they fielded the very first team...

      The next 3 years look bleak and hopeless...

  • WVU Alum Duane

    Be careful rekterx! You're not aloud to speak un-pleasantries about Coach Huggins. The numbers don't lie. His inability to develop and retain “his” recruits is very troublesome. I don’t understand why someone can’t speak their opinion without being called a troll. Being narrow minded is just another form of ignorance.

  • rekterx

    The time has come for someone in the WV press to take a long hard look at Bob Huggins, his off-court issues, his recruiting (class) busts, and the relationship between these things. Huggs has gotten a free ride in the WV press as far as I am concerned.

  • j

    Hey Big Larry you're a bust on life. Go rewatch "We are Marshall" for the 10000000000000000 time and cry at the pathetic monologue at the end. Oh and look in the mirror and sing that Travis Tritt song about being somebody someday. But remember, small steps, first go get a job at McDonalds (I hear with a MU degree you are promoted to burger flipper in the first 6 months) then change your underwear. We will work on your definition of "loosing my virginity to a buffalo" later. PS that wasn't a buffalo. That's what Marshall women look like ;)

    • John Evans

      I am a life long WVU, and I am sick of Huggins. Dude think of how many poor young men have transfered in the last three years. The problem is with Bob Huggins. He wants to yell and not coach!

    • WVWho

      If a Marshall grad degree gets you to flip burgers, a WVU grad must be the one cleaning the toilets...On Topic he was a bust, the Coach is a bust, and the team will continue to be a bust as the program is nothing btut a revolving door.

      • WVWho


        • mauldawg

          At least we have a door at MU players,coaches and Staff use the sewer pipe. Herdies are nothing but trash. Still cant tell the difference between a Buffalo and a Bison. What a shame you don't know what you mascot is.

          • WVWho

            By your grammar you attended at least one year at dub vee uuu

  • Big Larry

    Another Bob Huggins Bust....

    Does the madness ever end?

    Murray was hyped up by Huggins and the press to be a "One & Done" sensational recruit and almost everyone of you bought into that nonsense. He turned out to be just another in the long list of "underachievers" who could not get along with Bob Huggins.

    Looks like another 16 win season for Bob Huggins and his heralded recruits...that is if any of them show up and qualify.

    Anyway, that's just my opinion and I think everyone is entitled to hear it.

    • Big Larry


      After reading ESPN's lead basketball story it said...

      "The Mountaineers went 13-19 last season, the worst record in Huggins' 31 years as a head coach."


  • donutfiend77

    Not sure how long Ollie Luck is going to tolerate all the bad press concerning the B-Ball Program.....

    • wvrefugee

      Luck is clueless and intimidated by Huggins! FAIL!

    • Big Larry


      Oliver Luck will continue to put up with it until Huggins retires at age 80.

      He will have to. He signed Huggins to an unconditional lifetime contract. And as long as Huggins can continue to draw 3 million dollars a year for life, he will do so until his dying breath...who wouldn't?

      When it comes to money and finance, Huggins is the smartest one up there because he has them all over a barrel.

      What was Luck thinking?

      • wvrefugee

        Luck was too busy booking a flight to Indy!

      • Big John

        Luck made a great choice.

      • mauldawg

        He was thinking enough not to listen to your Herd BS. Go back to the land of thugs,transfers and NQ. CL miss you.

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  • leroy jethro gibbs

    will need to followup on him next year to see if it was the coach or the player


      Why is the player that was on the court just before half time last year that gave HUGGINS the FINGER still on the team?

      • Big John

        That is the one problem which has to be resolved. All malcontents are gone except this one.

      • Big John

        After Huggens has a great year in 2013-2014 I would expect you to be man enough to apologise about Jump Suit Huggens-O.K.

        • big tom

          we won't even have a winning record

    • Jay

      Well, it was player - 1, coach - 0 when he came to WVU. I'll hedge my bets it's now player - 2, coaches - 0. I hope the kid learns how to work. He'll need to know that in life, not just college basketball. Rarely is one handed something on a silver platter.

      • WILLIAM

        Get rid of the problem and that is how you can "FIX IT" FOR WVU basketball.The problem is "SWEATSUIT HUGGINS". FIRE HUGGINS and that will "FIX IT"
        Huggins should be let go because of his actions on and off the court! WVU SHOULD HIRE A COACH THAT HAS GOOD CHARACTER!

        • WILLIAM


          • Big Larry


            "Love your Work"

      • Jay

        BTW, per my post below, I suppose I should call him a "young man." He's no longer a kid.