Bob Huggins Says He is Not an Alcoholic and He Wants to Coach Again

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Former West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins sat down for an interview with KDKA in Pittsburgh and he had a lot to say in a short interview.

Huggins, who looked noticeably thinner and healthy, said that he was never an alcoholic and hasn’t had a drop of alcohol since his incident in Pittsburgh. “I wasn’t the guy who would wake up and have a drink, I wasn’t the guy who had to have a drink before bed. I didn’t drink every day. What’s an alcoholic? An alcoholic drinks every day. I never drank every day. I went to rehab because it was something I felt I needed to do to continue doing what I love doing. I’ve always been the guy on the other side, helping people to get where they want to go, and so it was different for me when I had people trying to help me.”

Huggins then discussed his fundraising activities and why it’s important to him: “My mom died of cancer and I love to help people. I raised a lot of money. We have the best practice facilities in America,” Huggins said of West Virginia University.

When asked if he would consider returning to coach basketball again, he said, “I would take it in the right situation. Yeah, I would like to coach again. I love working with young people. I was coaching kids as a freshman in high school. I love West Virginia and the people of West Virginia. I don’t really want to leave West Virginia, but I don’t think I have much of a choice.”

Huggins was then asked if he thinks he’ll ever coach at West Virginia again and he responded by saying, “If there’s a change in leadership.”

Huggins, 70, has had his name pop up recently as a potential candidate at current job openings, but it’s not believed that he has been offered a position yet. Huggins has 935 career wins, is the 3rd winningest head coach in college basketball history, and is in the Hall of Fame. If a program wants to win immediately, Huggins would be just he guy to hire to turn a program around if they are willing to overlook his recent off-the-court issues.