Bob Huggins Raises a Huge Amount of Money for Cancer Research

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- Despite a very tumultuous year for Bob Huggins, he is still one of the most popular people in the state of West Virginia. Huggins, 70, faced disciplinary action from West Virginia University after making homophobic remarks on a Cincinnati radio station, then, a little over a month later, was arrested in Pittsburgh for a DUI. However, Huggins has gone to rehab and according to him, he has not had a drink of alcohol since his arrest, and he's doing his best to move on with his life after the difficult last year. Each year for the last 11 years, Huggins has hosted a fish fry to benefit lifesaving cancer care and research. In previous years, the money went to the WVU Cancer Institute, but unfortunately West Virginia University reportedly chose not to participate in this year's event. Instead, all donations went to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Endowment in support of cancer care services at Vandalia Health and the Remember the Miners Scholars Program. This year, Huggins raised over $700,000 to support cancer research. Following a recent fish fry, Huggins said the following about the money donated: “That’s why we do it,” Huggins said. “Again, I lost my mother to cancer and to sit there by her bedside and see my mother struggle through months of cancer was a really, really rough thing. You know, you just obviously, you feel bad for all the people who have loved ones going through that. “And, you know, I just thought, you know, anything that we could do to help I think would be time well spent. You know, I think we have a great need for it here in this state.” https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1777837795827966149  

Dan Dakich Has Harsh Words About Bob Huggins

Radio Host Dan Dakich was brutally honest about Bob Huggins this morning. Morgantown, WV - Outkick Radio Host Dan Dakich has been very vocal about WVU and Bob Huggins over the years. With him publicly being against the university as well as Huggins, Dakich has certainly had a field day with the latest news. Bob Huggins resigned as WVU’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach on Saturday after he was arrested on DUI charges the night before. Dakich had a lot to say about this on his talk show this morning.   https://twitter.com/dandakich/status/1670826647488983040?s=20 Dakich did not hold back in his evaluation of Huggins. While mostly everyone is hoping he gets the help that he needs, the former Bowling Green head coach speculates whether the life of “boozing” is something that Huggins wants. Not quite what one could consider professional point of view. See what all Dan Dakich had to say about Huggins’ departure in the link above. (Photo by WVU Athletics)

Wren Baker Connected to SEC Job

MORGANTOWN, WV - WVU Athletic Director Wren Baker has had quite the experience in Morgantown. Arriving at West Virginia University in December of 2022, Baker inherited a mess that only became worse as the year went on. He has not only had to deal with a football program that was on the verge of tanking, but is now in the midst of a controversial coaching search with the men's basketball program. The University of Missouri is now on the trail looking for their next athletic director following the departure of Desiree Reed-Francois to Arizona. Many outlets have started to list candidates who may be closely connected to the job. To the surprise of nobody, Baker has found himself on the wishlist for many Missouri fans. According to Missouri's Rivals website PowerMizzou.com, Baker was listed as their number one candidate for the opening. https://twitter.com/PowerMizzoucom/status/1759639086112121052?s=20https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1759658686471877061?s=20 Baker previously spent time as the athletic director at North Texas prior to his arrival at West Virginia. He also spent time as the Athletic Director of Missouri State from 2010-2013, and the Deputy Athletic Director at the University of Missouri from 2015-2016. Stay tuned to The Voice of Motown for any updates that may arise regarding the situation. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1759658686471877061?s=20 (Photo by WVU Athletics)

Derek Culver Should Enter the 2021 NBA Draft

Morgantown, West Virginia - Last night, Bob Huggins slipped up and said that "we have four players looking at the NBA right now."  Miles "Deuce" McBride, Sean McNeil and Taz Sherman have already announced their intentions to declare for the 2021 NBA Draft with the possibility of returning to school next season. Derek Culver is presumably the fourth player that Huggins is referencing...unless, of course, Spencer Macke is going to test the waters and receive his professional evaluation. Culver has been completely silent since West Virginia lost to Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament.  In that game, Culver scored 7 points on 2-9 from the field and added 3 rebounds in 21 minutes of play. While Culver was a first team Big 12 Conference player this season, averaging 14.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, his weaknesses and flaws were really exposed late in the season against big, physical opponents. Culver is unlikely to improve his draft stock by returning another year and in fact he could hurt his chances of playing professionally by either getting hurt or not equaling his previous season's statistics. With that said, Culver should enter the NBA Draft this season.  He will not be drafted but could impress teams during workouts and perhaps earn a spot in the NBA G League.  At 6'10 and 255 pounds, Culver has the size and strength to compete at the next level, but his defensive effort and perimeter game need major work. Riding his Big 12 first team accomplishment and his extremely impressive statistics from last season, Culver will certainly get looks from NBA scouts and executives.  While it's difficult to lose a player with his experience and productivity, leaving now is what's best for Derek Culver.

Opening Line for WVU-Maryland Released

(Photo by WVU Athletics)  The West Virginia University Mountaineers were officially selected to compete in the 2023 NCAA Tournament earlier this evening. As a 9th-seed in the South Region, WVU will take on the 8th-seed Maryland Terrapins out of the Big Ten. Moments ago, DraftKings Sportsbook officially revealed their lines for the first round of games in the South Region. West Virginia, who sits with a 19-14 record, will be a 2-point favorite over the Terrapins (21-12). https://twitter.com/dksportsbook/status/1635041857096011776?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw   The Mountaineers hold the series advantage over Maryland 24-12, and even won the last matchup between the two sides in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, 69-59. The time and network for WVU-Maryland has yet to be revealed.

Miles McBride Gets Big Contract Extension

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Moments ago, Adrian Wojnarowski announced that former West Virginia point guard Miles “Deuce” McBride has agreed on a 3 year, $13 million contract extension with the New York Knicks! McBride will now making approximately $4.33 million a year! McBride, 23, is only averaging 1.9 points and 0.4 assists per game in limited minutes, but he’s expected to take on an expanded role after the Knicks traded Immanuel Quickley to the Toronto Raptors yesterday. Huge news for one of the greatest Mountaineers ever! https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1741294474330796045?s=46&t=USDKe35TLtcCPitgUlQ1PA

Bob Huggins FINALLY Happy With His Team’s Effort

Morgantown, West Virginia - Following West Virginia's impressive comeback victory over the Clemson Tigers, Bob Huggins sounded relieved and perhaps even happy with his team's performance. "That was my team out there in the second half," Huggins said.  "I don't know who those guys were the other night, but that was my team out there tonight." The Mountaineers showed incredible heart and grit in coming back from down nine points in the second half to win a really big game against a very tough Clemson team.  Now, after winning the 3rd place game in the Charleston Classic, West Virginia has five straight home games and can get back on track to a successful season after falling against Marquette in the second round of the tournament. "I think we can go out and win the next five games now and get ranked again and get some national recognition." When asked what a comeback win like this does for his team's confidence, Huggins said the following: "This game really helps our confidence.  I think more than anything is that they were as disappointed as anyone else the other night.  They knew they didn't do what Mountaineer Nation expects from them. We're a state that thrives on work and people in this state pride themselves on working hard.  Like I told the guys the other night, we're an embarrassment.  Tonight, we came out and played." Huggins, who has been very critical of his team's performance so far this season, was clearly proud of the way his guys played and the tremendous heart they showed tonight. The Mountaineers will now return home for five consecutive games inside the WVU Coliseum against Eastern Kentucky, Bellarmine, Radford, #23 Connecticut and Kent State.  West Virginia will not play another road game until December 18th, when they travel to play the University of Alabama Birmingham.

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Bob Huggins Says Whether He Wants to Continue to Coach or Not

Morgantown, West Virginia - Bob Huggins appears to have more coaching left in him. Huggins, 69, is the active leader in career wins in college basketball with 935 during his long and illustrious career. Huggins appeared on The Field of 68 at the Final Four in Houston, Texas, and when asked about his future, Huggins was resolute that he is not done yet and intends to continue coaching. "There's not much going on," Huggins said when asked about his future with the Mountaineers. "We have a new athletic director. Our new athletic director (Wren Baker) is a basketball guy and he understands the game. I'm happy and I think he's happy too. Asked whether he would sign a four year extension, Huggins said the following: "I don't need that long. I just need to be able to continue to coach as hard as I can and when I decide that I'm done, I'll be done. They think that's what I deserve and that's what they are giving me. The people of West Virginia deserve that. The most important thing to me is that we carry on what we've established for this state and continue to have high expectations that we have for the state." Huggins' current contract expires following next season, but he has the option to remain the head coach or take on a role in the athletic department. Check out the full interview below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGtfjvkJk-4

John Beilein’s Next Move

With the worst record in the Eastern Conference in the NBA at 14-40, the Cleveland Cavaliers and John Beilein have discussed the process of Beilein leaving the team in his first season as the Head Coach. It was reported earlier today that Beilein is now considering walking away from the team during the All Star break, but it's highly unlikely that he would last past this season if he decides to remain with the Cavaliers. With Beilein leaving Cleveland, he is already being mentioned as the potential future Head Coach of the Texas Longhorns.  Texas Head Coach Shaka Smart has been on the hot seat all season and the Longhorns continue to underperform under him.  This season, Texas is 14-11 overall and 4-8 in the Big 12 Conference. Texas always gets talented recruits and suffering through mediocre seasons is not something that the administration, boosters or fanbase will continue to allow.  According to Longhorns Wire, "Texas has not had an issue getting players, but it hasn’t translated into success on the court. If the Longhorns can bring Beilein talent, he will likely figure out the second part of the equation." In other words, John Beilein ending up in Texas makes all much too much sense, and Beilein getting the kind of talent that Texas gets would be dangerous.  While Texas has not performed to expectations for several seasons, John Beilein would almost certainly make them one of the very best teams in the Big 12 Conference immediately. https://twitter.com/NickM516/status/1229271232941559808?s=20

Very Concerned About Next Year’s West Virginia Basketball Team

Morgantown, West Virginia - While the West Virginia Mountaineers are currently 11-1 heading into Big 12 Conference play, the team has looked less than impressive during the majority of their victories, and although it's a bit early to look ahead to the future of this team, the 2022-2023 version of the Mountaineers looks shockingly dreadful. Following this season, West Virginia will lose seniors Taz Sherman (20.9 points per game), Sean McNeil (14.0 ppg), Malik Curry (6.8 ppg), Kedrian Johnson (4.8 ppg), Gabe Osabuohien (4.3 ppg), Pauly Paulicap (3.7 ppg) and Dimon Carrigan (2.4 ppg). That's 56.9 points out of 70.4 points per game, or 81% of the team's scoring this season, lost next season. In addition, that's also 63% of the the current rebounds lost. The only players remaining will be Jalen Bridges, Isaiah Cottrell, Kobe Johnson, Seth Wilson, Taj Thweatt, James Okonkwo, Jamel King and Seny N'Diaye. While talented three star recruits Josiah Harris, Josiah Davis and Pat Suemnick will eventually be contributors for the Mountaineers in the future, it's extremely unlikely that they'll be able to step in immediately and perform at a high level. With that said, Bob Huggins will have to be particularly active in finding players in the transfer portal, something he's still learning to do effectively. Huggins, the ultimate old school head coach, is not fond of using the portal to fill holes temporarily on his team. Huggins has had success in recent years in bringing in quality JUCO players (see: Taz Sherman, Sean McNeil), but JUCO players having the kind of success Sherman and McNeil have is rare and certainly not the norm. Next season appears to be an almost certain down year for the Mountaineers. Perhaps Jalen Bridges will become far more aggressive in a leadership role, maybe Isaiah Cottrell will be fully recovered from his terrible injury last season, and maybe Bob Huggins finds a hidden JUCO gem or lands a big-time transfer, but there are an awful lot of question marks looking ahead to next season.

Two Former Mountaineers Get Drafted

Morgantown, West Virginia - Former West Virginia Mountaineers Taz Sherman and Derek Culver were both selected in the 1st round of the 2022 G League Draft. Taz Sherman, who averaged 13 points per game for the Mountaineers last season, was picked 19th overall by the Long Island Nets, an affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets. https://twitter.com/NetsDaily/status/1583878264434876416?s=20&t=WFZ7XsTtYxapMhZ5go6jnw Former West Virginia forward Derek Culver was also selected in the 1st round, going 26th overall to the Delaware Blue Coats, an affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers. Both players were outstanding contributors for West Virginia and hopefully today puts them one closer to them fulfilling their dreams of one day playing in the NBA! https://twitter.com/blue_coats/status/1583882743468896256?s=46&t=iPqvrRCayf2TcrOtr7dxzA    

For WVU-Kansas, it’s deja vu all over again

If No. 14 West Virginia’s 58-49 loss to No. 3 Kansas on Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum looked familiar, it should. It was almost an exact replica to the Mountaineers 60-53 loss at Kansas in the Big 12 season opener in January. Let’s look at the similarities: West Virginia plays well and gets a solid halftime lead (WVU by six on Wednesday; WVU by seven in January) Kansas dominates the second half as the West Virginia offense disappears (WVU scored 19 second-half points Wednesday; WVU scored 23 second-half points in January) WVU freshman Oscar Tshiebwe plays the first half like one of the dominant big men in the country (12 points Wednesday, 15 in January) Tshiebwe goes silent in the second half (two points both games) WVU’s offense struggles mightily against one of the best defensive teams in the country (19-for-60 shooting, 19 turnovers Wednesday; 19-for-59 shooting, 16 turnovers in January) It was a like a movie sequel where the beginning, middle, ending, hell almost the entire script, was the same as the original. And now, for the protagonists from the Mountain State, a season of bright promise is taking on a darker outlook. WVU (18-6, 6-5 Big 12) has lost back to back games and is staring into the abyss of a three-slide with a trip to No. 1 Baylor on Saturday. The home date with Kansas (21-3, 10-1) looked like the Mountaineers best opportunity to get a “signature” win for their NCAA Tournament resume. Instead, they are tagged with another loss, a too-frequent occurrence in conference play. Five days ago, WVU held the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee early reveal. That was a high seed that likely would be coupled with a drivable opening round venue. Since the reveal, WVU is 0-2 which is likely to be 0-3 after Saturday. The smooth path and proximity advantages given high-seeded teams is beginning to slip away. Now, coach Bob Huggins needs to try to find a way to right the ship – a ship of which he’s questioned the commitment of some of its crew. Getting swept by an experienced and talented Kansas team is nothing to be ashamed of, especially for a team as young as WVU. It’s possible the youth of the Mountaineers is starting to catch up with them. Some players might be hitting the “wall” associated with playing at this level for the first time. But those are rational reasons that don’t take away the sting of what feels like squandered opportunity. With seven games plus the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments left, the final script on the 2019-20 season is still a work in progress. But when it comes to Kansas, we saw this movie in Lawrence, Kan. It wasn’t any better at the second showing in Morgantown.

The Missing Piece

The Big South Player of the Year entered the transfer portal yesterday and since then he's had phone calls from head coaches of virtually every big-time basketball program in the country. Carlik Jones, who led his Radford Highlanders to a 21-11 and 15-3 conference record, averaged 20 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists while earning player of the league honors this past season. With numbers like that, Jones has immediately vaulted to the top of the available players in the transfer portal and can play almost anywhere he wants during his grad transfer senior year. In an interview with 247 Sports, Jones said, "The biggest thing is I want to win.  I hate losing, so I definitely want to be somewhere that is a winning program. Also, I want to go somewhere with a great culture, where the players can adjust and make winning plays.” Jones is originally from Cincinnati and many expect him to return to his home to play again, but he said that's not necessarily true.  In addition, West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins has a great deal of influence in that area and has already been in contact with Jones about joining the Mountaineers. According to Jones, he has heard from Arizona, Cincinnati, Gonzaga, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Memphis, Marquette, Ohio State, Oregon, Illinois, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and many others. While West Virginia already has a great deal of depth at all positions - particularly at the guard position - Carlik Jones is the type of player that doesn't come along often and would be a welcomed addition to the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Mountaineers Roll Past TCU

Morgantown, West Virginia - The West Virginia Mountaineers (18-7 and 11-5 in conference play) got up early and stayed ahead the entire game, beating the TCU Horned Frogs, 76-67! The win puts the Mountaineers firmly in second place in the Big 12 behind Baylor and sets up a huge game against Oklahoma State on Saturday. West Virginia was led by an incredible performance from redshirt freshman Jalen Bridges, who recorded his first double-double of his young career, finishing with 22 points and 12 rebounds.  Derek Culver added 17 points and 8 rebounds. Play of the Game https://twitter.com/WVUhoops/status/1367635666687856640?s=20 The Mountaineers are back in action on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 against the 17th Oklahoma State in the West Virginia University Coliseum.  Bob Huggins will be going for win 900 in his long and illustrious career! Let's Go Mountaineers! (Cover Photo Courtesy of WVU Athletics)