Bob Huggins’ Interesting Response to Darian DeVries

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — When Darian DeVries took over the job as the new head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers, he said that he reached out to former WVU head coaches Gale Catlett, John Beilein and Bob Huggins to hear their thoughts on what he can do to be succcessful in Morgantown.

Bob Huggins, who was interviewed by WDTV 5 Sports at his annual Fish Fry, said he spoke to DeVries, but Huggins’ response was…interesting to say the least. “He (Darian Devries) called me and I tried to explain to him that now is a bad time for me,” Huggins said. “I mean, I’ve been in Southern West Virginia. I’ve been in Northern West Virginia. I’ve been in Charleston, I’ve been everywhere. I’ve been everywhere trying to help the people of the state of West Virginia. That’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to see what I could do to help the people of the state of West Virginia.”


Huggins, 70, recently wrapped up his annual Fish Fry, where he reportedly raised “over $700,000” for cancer research. Huggins has also spent a great deal of time on the road in the state at speaking engagements. The question may have caught Huggins off guard, but you would expect him to say something along the lines of, “I hope Coach DeVries does well with the team and I will be here to support him in any way I possibly can.” However, that clearly did not happen.