Morgantown, West Virginia – This weekend, the Basketball Hall of Fame inducted several outstanding players and coaches, including Kobe Bryant, Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Chris Weber, Ben Wallace, Rick Adelman and Jay Wright, among others, but once again, West Virginia’s legendary head coach remains on the outside looking in.
Huggins, who is 4th all-time in coaching wins in college basketball history with 900 career wins, continues to be snubbed by the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and former North Carolina head coach Roy Williams are ahead of Huggins in total wins. Williams, now retired, finished with 901 wins and will be passed by Huggins next season.
Several prominent people from the world of sports have reacted to the fact that Huggins to the Hall of Fame is an absolute no-brainer.
Seth Davis, a college basketball reporter for CBS Sports, was confused by Huggins not being named a finalist. “I truly don’t understand how Bob Huggins isn’t even a finalist for the Hall of Fame. This should be a layup.”
Mo Egger, a contributor for The Athletic and host on ESPN1530, said the following: “The exclusion of Bob Huggins is egregious.”
Legendary sports personality John Feinstein called the Basketball Hall of Fame a “corrupt joke”, adding, “No Bob Huggins. What a joke.”
Today, freelance journalist for The New York Times and Forbes Sports, Adam Zagoria, called the Hall of Fame’s decision to exclude Huggins “an embarrassment”, adding “the Hall of Fame will not be truly complete until Bob Huggins is in it.”
The eligible 2022 class is relatively weak – featuring Manu Ginobili, Zach Randolph, Richard Jefferson – and although Huggins should have clearly been inducted years ago, next year appears to be an absolutely slam dunk for him to finally be honored for his outstanding accomplishments.