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UC right to honor Huggins before tip-off

Posted on: February 26, 2009 8:30 pm

Bob Huggins' tenure at Cincinnati ended about as ugly as it possibly could.

But his return Thursday night was pretty heart-warming.

Rather than ignore the elephant in the room, Cincinnati did the proper thing and honored the man who led the school to 14 consecutive NCAA tournaments before a forced resignation abruptly ended his reign in 2005. A short video was played before tip-off of the West Virginia-Cincinnati Big East showdown, one that featured highlights of Huggins' career, ended with the words "Thanks Huggs!" and obviously led to a standing ovation for the "visiting" coach.

Huggins was visibly moved by the gesture, just standing there in tears.

To see the video, click this link .

To see Huggins' response from a fan's camera, try this link .


Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2009 5:14 am

UC right to honor Huggins before tip-off

spadeaspade, you obvious are STILL ass-u-ming that some of us would like Roy tarred and feathered because of the way Roy left Kansas. With your smug North Carolina attitude, you assume wrong. I get pretty tired of NC fans saying that we are still crying for the leaving. YOU CAN HAVE HIM and could have had him a few years earlier for all that matters. I didnt like him for crying like a baby all the time (yeah, he is emotional and you can call it passionate if you want, whatever), for not having his team ready to play (perfect example the final four game last year versus Kansas and most other "big" games here at Kansas) and not making adjustments during a game quick enough to appear to be out-coached in the "big games". Seeing Roy standing on the sidelines staring at Kansas kick'n his team in the first half brought back memories as he just stood there watching.  He has always had the biggest pool of quality recruits in the country to choose from and in most years was upset in early rounds of the dance. Yes, he won a lot of games here and yes, he did finally win the whole thing at NC using a previous coaching staff's recruits, but he just wasnt the coach some of us wanted. IMO, Roy will probably win some more championships simply becasue the talent he can put on the floor at Carolina will probably overcome his obvious coaching flaws. 

So the comment I made about Roy being tarred and feathered was tongue in cheek (that means somewhat of a joke in case you don't understand that also).Wink

Like usual, you believe everybody needs to "get over it". Maybe you should get over putting Roy on such a high perch. Keep him, please. Just because Kansas administration wanted Dean Smith doesnt mean the fans did. You can get over that also.

This is a great tree-hugging story about Huggins and Cincin. Makes me want to sit down with ol' Cry'n Roy and go through a box of kleenex. Cry

Best regards

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2009 5:31 pm

UC right to honor Huggins before tip-off

Being a Memphis fan for more years than I care to remember, Cincy was a team we loved to beat. There has never been any love lost in this relationship.  But as time goes on things seem to mellow. Granted Huggins has made some mistakes but you can not hold them against him forever.

You got to say he is a heck of a coach. I really don't know where Cincinnati ball would be now if not for him. They did the right thing.Smile


Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2009 4:06 pm

UC right to honor Huggins before tip-off

I agree with you guys whole heartedly.  I think it was a class move on the part of Cincinnati and their fans.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2009 1:07 pm

UC right to honor Huggins before tip-off

My thoughts exactly, qddiver!  When I was a student at Memphis, we heckled him like crazy but I always secretly admired him.  Huggins' Cincinnati teams used to dominate the Great Midwest/CUSA back in the '90s and early 2000s.  They were talented, athletic, brutal and tenatious on defense.  I think they beat us a number of time on intimidation alone.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2009 10:21 am

UC right to honor Huggins before tip-off

I am a long-time Memphis Tiger fan.  There was no one I would have rather beat than Huggins during the old CUSA days, but I have always respected him as a coach.  I even pull for his team now that he is in the Big East.  Quite frandly, Cincinnati probably wishes he were still their coach.  This was a great gesture on the part of Cincinnati fans and one well deserved.

Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2009 9:52 am

UC right to honor Huggins before tip-off

The difference between Huggin and most other coaches is the coach chooses to leave for "better pastures".  Huggins was run out of town!  It wasn't right.  Yesterday was a show of class from UC.  The other way a coach leaves is by being fired!  Sutton at UK, Tubby Smith at UK ... They overstayed their welcomes!  If bobby Knight was invited back to IU now, he should get the same treatment if it hasn't already happened.


Standing ovation to UC!

Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2009 9:12 am

UC right to honor Huggins before tip-off

Actually, when Mac Brown left for Texas, and HE wasn't going home, I wished him well, and still do.  I pull for Texas as long as they're not playing Carolina. He has a right to do as he thinks best for himself and his family and had Smith gone home I would've felt the same. 

Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2009 9:06 am

UC right to honor Huggins before tip-off

The man came home!  The fact that you people STILL cry like babies is a left handed compliment to Roy and a slap in the face to Bill Self.  Do you think Tubby Smith's picture is hanging in any restaurant bathroom in Lexington?  I don't think so. 

Get over it.

You should be more mad at Dean Smith for not going home to Kansas all those times KU tried to get him to.  If he had you'd be talking out of the other side of your mouth because that would've been OK, right? 


Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2009 8:45 pm

UC right to honor Huggins before tip-off

Well, that is just beautiful. What is the world coming to. A bunch of  warm'n fuzzy people that can not hate the ex coach.

 At Kansas we would welcome back Roy Williams, also. Just with some tar and feathers instead.

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