Do Not Write Off West Virginia Mountaineers Coach Bob Huggins

By Joseph Nardone
Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

It is real easy to get caught up in the moment and forget years worth of evidence that tells you to think with more logical sense rather than overreact. Still, when someone is having a down year, we often find ourselves questioning the long-term outlook of their fate.

That is exactly what happened to me with West Virginia Mountaineers coach, Bob Huggins.

Huggins, without a question of a doubt, has been a great coach for an extended period of time. It was not by accident that a man who has battled through some horrible demons has been able to sustain and thrive after his personal issues would have put an end to a lesser coach’s career.

During West Virginia’s year full of abominations, I wondered out loud if time has passed the tracksuit-wearing wildebeest by. I thought that it was possible that his abilities as a recruiter as well as an on floor general might have gotten sloppy, and that father time has finally caught up to his wits and wherewithal.

Now, thanks to having the ability to review the situation, I can see where I was wrong. Huggins simply had a down year thanks to a down recruiting class. It was really just the equivalent to normal people having a bad day. Everyone — even college coaches — are allowed to be off their game once in awhile. It does not always mean they are “done” or are on their way out.

I am not sure what kind of basketball program West Virginia is going to have for the next decade or so. However, it is obvious they will never find a coach as good as Huggins and I was stupid for thinking he was past his prime.

The Mountaineers have a solid group of recruits coming in — a good group returning and a man who has been known to do a lot with less leading the charge.

The first step in dealing with a problem is admitting you have one. I had a “hating on Huggins” problem. Bobby, please forgive me.


Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone

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