Morgantown, West Virginia – Following West Virginia’s heartbreaking 67-65 loss to Maryland in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament, West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins was asked about his future.
“To be honest, the only thing I’ve thought about for the last month is making it to the (NCAA) Tournament and getting these guys to the point where they could come here.,” Huggins said. “I’ve got people who think I should stay on for quite a while and there’s some people probably thinking I should pack it in and let some young guy come screw it up.”
Huggins, 69, has one year remaining on his current contract, but he has remained mum about his future with the team. Huggins also has the option to continue coaching or lengthen his relationship with WVU through June 30, 2027. Starting with the 2024-25 season, Huggins can choose to assume an appointment of at least two years in Public Relations and Development along with other duties within the athletic department if he is no longer the coach.
While Huggins loves the state of West Virginia and West Virginia University more than anyone, one does have to wonder how many more years of tough losses and changes in the game he can endure.
With that said, Huggins has said many times that he wants to leave the program on a high note and will not retire after a down year. Was this season a “high note” or is it considered a “horrible year?”
Bob Huggins was mum on his future following WVU's first-round exit.
Huggins told me before the season he's not going to retire "after a horrible year." He said he wants to "get the program back on track" and make sure it's "the best it can possibly be" before he steps aside.
— Keith Jenkins (@MrKeithJenkins) March 16, 2023