Posted on: July 24, 2010 3:50 am
LAS VEGAS -- West Virginia coach Bob Huggins suffered four broken ribs and was hospitalized Friday after falling into a coffee table inside his Las Vegas hotel room, a source told CBSSports.com.
The source said Huggins -- who suffered a massive heart attack in 2002 -- was held overnight for observation, but stressed that the incident wasn't heart-related. According to the source, Huggins is expected to be released Saturday, at which point he will return home to West Virginia.
Huggins is in Las Vegas for recruiting purposes.
Posted on: July 24, 2010 3:46 am
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Posted on: December 26, 2009 6:36 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2009 6:41 pm
West Virginia blew a 10-point lead with less than a minute remaining.
Then Devin Ebanks missed a desperation shot at the buzzer.
Then the game went to overtime.
And it was clear, at that point, that Seton Hall would win Saturday's Big East opener because that's just the way these things work. When a team storms back to force overtime, that team has momentum. Add to that the homecourt advantage, and the smart money had the Pirates finishing West Virginia in the extra five minutes just like Kansas stormed back, forced overtime and finished Memphis in the extra five minutes of the 2008 national title game.
Again, that's just the way these things work.
But a funny thing happened on the way to that Seton Hall upset.
West Virginia remained calm, quickly jumped to a five-point lead in OT and won 90-84.
It was a non-verbal version of "We got this."
National Player of the Year candidate Da'Sean Butler and Ebanks (his more-talented-but-less-reliable teammate) combined to score 10 of West Virginia's 13 points in overtime, meaning those two alone outscored Seton Hall in the extra period; Butler assisted on the other bucket, a 3-pointer by Kevin Jones. But the most impressive thing was how the Mountaineers stayed poised despite the fact that they'd just blown a seemingly insurmountable lead, despite the fact that they were on CBS, despite the fact that they were in a road game with a crowd cheering against them.
That's the toughness people talk about when people talk about West Virginia.
So, yes, the collapse was troubling; no way around that. But how West Virginia responded confirmed what a lot of us have thought for a while, that these Mountaineers are solid enough to take Bob Huggins to his second Final Four.
Posted on: November 27, 2009 2:55 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2009 6:22 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Devin Ebanks made his first appearance of the season Friday, entering West Virginia's game against Texas A&M with 15:46 remaining in the first half. The score was tied 11-11 when Ebanks checked-in.
Ebanks -- who had missed the Mountaineers' first four games for what coach Bob Huggins described as "personal reasons" -- promptly made his first two field goal attempts, one from the right wing, the other from the left baseline. He finished with 14 points and nine rebounds in West Virginia's 73-66 victory.
The Mountaineers will play either Minnesota or Portland late Sunday in the 76 Classic title game.
(Click this link to read Thursday's column on Ebanks' situation.)
Posted on: November 26, 2009 4:44 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2009 8:50 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Despite dressing and participating in warm-ups, Devin Ebanks missed his third consecutive game Thursday for what has been described as "personal issues." Still, West Virginia cruised to an 85-62 victory over Long Beach State in the first round of the 76 Classic, and that's probably why he didn't play.
In other words, Huggins likely would've used Ebanks had the game been closer.
Huggins didn't deny as much in the postgame press conference.
But Ebanks' official status for Friday is still unclear, although the belief is that he'll play if West Virginia needs him. The Mountaineers are set to play Texas A&M in the semifinals. The championship game is Sunday night.
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 .
Posted on: December 29, 2008 12:14 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2008 12:16 pm
Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Lute Olson (is the) best ever. Didn't get any free handouts. Recruited all the best talent away from UCLA and USC. Huggins is a scumbag!!!!!!! Parrish likes Huggins because he's a redneck like Parrish is.
This was a response to Saturday's post about Bob Huggins, the one where I asked "in terms of strictly winning and losing, how many coaches over the past 25 years have been as good and steady as Huggins has been?" My premise was based on the fact that Huggins has produced 22 winning records in 23 seasons as a Division I head coach while winning at least 20 games in 20 of those years, and though Colin's reaction was laced with the stupidity that some extreme fans possess, his central point about Lute Olson was on target, and I absolutely believe that Olson would be a strong contender in any conversation about the most consistent college basketball coaches of the past 25 years.
Olson coached Arizona to 23 consecutive NCAA tournaments before taking a leave of absence and subsequently retiring, and his last losing season was 1983-84. He also took Iowa to five consecutive NCAA tournaments before moving to Arizona, so I wouldn't have a problem if somebody put Olson first on the list, placed Roy Williams right behind him and then started the debate between Huggins, Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Izzo, Jim Calhoun, John Calipari, Rick Barnes, Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith, Jim Boeheim, Bill Self, Ben Howland and Bruce Pearl (if you count his years at Division II Southern Indiana).
Who am I missing?
And again, remember, I'm not talking about national titles, Final Fours or anything like that, exactly. I'm talking about a list of the men over the past 25 years who most consistently coached successful teams, i.e., the men who can be relied upon most to produce a winner year in and year out.
Posted on: December 27, 2008 7:27 pm
Sometimes Bob Huggins has big teams.
Other times his guys are small.
Sometimes he has great shooters.
Other times he has none.
And I guess that's the way it goes when you coach college basketball as long as Huggins has coached college basketball, when you've coached at five different places for nearly three decades. But the one thing you can always count on from a Huggins team -- almost regardless of its parts -- is that a Huggins team won't stink, and a national audience got a reminder of this Saturday when West Virginia trounced Ohio State 76-48.
No Joe Mazzula?
A 6-foot-9 wing in the post?
Those obvious flaws with his roster didn't stop Huggins from putting five guys on the court and completely dismantling the 15th-ranked Buckeyes, and that might be why he has produced 22 winning records in 23 seasons as a Division I head coach while winning at least 20 games in 20 of those years. So yeah, people can joke about the way his tenure at Cincinnati ended, about his record of questionable recruits, or about his teams' tendency to lose in the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. But in terms of strictly winning and losing, how many coaches over the past 25 years have been as good and steady as Huggins has been?
Mike Krzyzewski and/or Jim Calhoun?
We can argue the length of the list and the names on it at a later date, if you want. But I assure you, the list is shorter than most think (Krzyzewski has four career losing seasons compared to Huggins' one, by the way), and this blowout win at Ohio State only highlighted the point in grand fashion, that when it comes to consistently winning college basketball games there aren't many better than the man coaching West Virginia.