By MetroNews Staff in | March 09, 2013 at 6:29PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Coach Bob Huggins discusses the abysmal first half in which WVU fell behind by 24 in what became an 83-74 loss to Iowa State.
Thank goodness this season is almost over! Huggins next year needs to check his ego at the door and change the way he coaches and recruits. Since Beliens recruits have left this program is on a steady decline. The yelling and screaming without having some compassion during games might be hurting Huggins. Huggins gets paid a top 10 salary and we deserve a rating to reflect what he gets paid.
March 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
I think Huggins has been pretty restrained given the effort his team has given him over the course of the season. We have two guys that Huggins brought in playing in the NBA, but neither was a player Beilein brought in. Huggins took Joe Alexander, who Beilein had given up on (he sat out the NIT Championship game), and turned him into a first round NBA pick and an instant millionaire. He also was able to develop Wellington Smith and Joe Mazzula, two guys that Beilein didn't know what to do with.
So don't tell me what a great recruiter Beilein was. I was at the Coliseum the day the team returned from the NIT, but John Beilein wasn't. He dumped his players and took another flight to Atlanta to interview for the job at Michigan.
WVU had nothing planned for those kids on their return. They stood outside a closed to the public Coliseum and signed autographs in a makeshift welcome home ceremony without one member of the coaching staff present.
You'll pardon me if I don't think John Beilein was such a great guy.
March 9, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
I can understand your feelings on Beilein. However, he earned my respect in leaving for a different opportunity when he talked to the West Virginia media for nearly 40 minutes AFTER he accepted the Michigan job. He answered the tough questions from disappointed people. That's far more than most coaches are willing to do.
March 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
you must have been the only person in wv that didn't know beilein was leaving after the season was over... grow up
March 10, 2013 at 11:33 pm |
700 + wins and you think he needs to change his coaching style? HAHA thats really comical.
March 11, 2013 at 11:48 am |
my feelings is that next year, we'll find out what huggie is made of... Definitely on the hot seat...
there's a HC at Butler who would have to have a chance at wvu, and is young ,full of life, and a great coach...
i say is huggie continues to drag this team into the gutter, ,it's time for a change.
i think we need lots of success next yr. for ollie to allow such a high salary he's gettin.
love huggie, but everyone has that time when it's time to wrap it up, and go set in the alumni bleachers.
March 10, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
People keep bringing up the coach at Butler and they need to stop. That HC at Butler has turned down higher profile jobs than West Virginia. He's waiting on a different job and it isn't West Virginia.
March 11, 2013 at 7:23 am |
Good point. A lot of these coaches do have that prostitue gene in them.
I'm sure Beilein has some of it in him.
March 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
It's so sad this year to be a Mountaineer fan, no matter where you may be!
March 10, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
Barring a miracle, this season will be over soon, as it should be for a program that has underachieved from the very beginning this year. I don't want to engage in hyperbole, but I can't imagine the coach's seat is very comfortable going into next season. Who knows what changes will be made, and who will influence them? And much less what the mandate will be for next year, which should be clear to most reasonable observers.
Status quo won't work, regardless of history, reputation, or personal feelings. At this level, considering the expectations and investment(s) in the program, only one thing really matters - winning. And if you can't get the job done, well, too bad.
March 11, 2013 at 11:03 am |
I think the thing to remember is that WVU is bad at sports, just keep that in mind and you won't be disappointed all the time.
March 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
I remember a few years back when Mr. Luck came to town and told Mountaineer fans that the football program and all athletics had to be self sufficient and to do so, we had to fill the stands and get that money. Well, I looked around the colosseum and I didn't see many fans this year and so I get that feeling that the same will hold true for Huggs. You can forget the coaches at Butler and Gonzaga, hopefully one of our own will become the coach of our future BB program...say DaShan...let's hope!
March 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
I was thinking how embarrassing it must be for Huggs to have such a season. Then I thought about it a little longer and thought, why should he! I think the players should be the ones feeling embarrassed, after all, they are the ones that have to go out there and put the ball in the basket. I think Huggs did the best he could with the players he has, even though some of the blame must be his for recruiting them. I think Huggs will MAKE IT RIGHT.
March 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
On a different note, Huggs...I don't think your hair style is too 50's...it's Okay. I do wish you would slim down though, I worry about your health. I wish you would wear a suit and look nice like some of those other slick coaches from the ACC and BIG 10 and try to be a little more patient with your team, I know it's hard. Lastly, I don't think the Bobby Knight approach to coaching works anymore and if you do need to get in their faces...wait for half time in the locker room and at that new expensive practice facility that was suppose to attract better players.
March 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
According to everybody please stop coaching and doing the things that have made you a Hall of Fame coach. Please lose weight, start wearing a suit, stop trying to teach your players and quit loving the state of WV.
GIVE ME A BREAK PPL! Who freaken cares about wearing a suit that you're going to shred 5 minutes after tip off. Could he lose weight? Sure he could but so could 95 percent of the East Coast. These lackluster fair weather fans are a joke and if you cant bring an opinion about the game itself then spare us all and quit posting. You make me sick.
March 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
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