LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Bob Huggins of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks on as his team takes on the Richmond Spiders during the 2015 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena on November 26, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. West Virginia won 67-59. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Morgantown, West Virginia – Manhattan transfer Jose Perez was not given immediate eligibility when the NCAA denied West Virginia’s appeal on its previous decision to sit him out for the 2022-2023 season. Instead, Perez will now have to wait until next season before he is cleared to play with the Mountaineers.

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins was obviously unhappy and confused by the decision and spoke his mind about it following his team’s 83-78 loss at home to Baylor.

“Extremely unfortunate. I don’t know the whys and whatever else. I know you’re talking about a kid who was a very good student who gave no one problems or issues. He was recommended by his high school coach who is very well thought of in New York. Rick Pitino recommended him as a player and as a person.

The truth of the matter is, and I’ll probably get in trouble for saying it, they (the NCAA) don’t know what the hell they are doing. I mean, they don’t do what they’re supposed to do so they get sued. I don’t know how they came to that decision.”



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