MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — After Bob Huggins’ DUI arrest and resignation as the head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers, several players left the program.
The very first player that left the team was Tre Mitchell, a 6’9 redshirt senior from Pittsburgh, PA, who transferred to Kentucky. Through 5 games with the Wilcats, Mitchell has been the team’s most consistent player, averaging 14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting 57.4% from the field and 41.2% from three point range.
Because of Mitchell’s success, Kentucky fans have flocked to social media to “thank Bob Huggins.” They say that Mitchell is playing for Kentucky due to Bob Huggins’ poor decision-making. All players on the West Virginia roster were given a 30 day window to transfer following Huggins’ resignation and Mitchell took advantage of that.
Fans have “thanked Bob Huggins” by saying things like, “If I ever meet Bob Huggins, I’m buying him a beer as a thank you for Tre Mitchell”, “Hey, Bob Huggins! I’m sorry about your recent problems, but thank you very much. With love, The Big Blue Nation”, and “Thank you for your graciousness Bob Huggins.”
Take a look at some of the other messages left for Bob Huggins on social media from Kentucky fans:
Bob Huggins I could give you the biggest kiss right now you drunk
— KY_Sports_24/7_ (@KY_Sports_247_) November 21, 2023
Bob Huggins drinking problem is the best thing to happen to Tre Mitchell & Kentucky through 5 games.
— Frankie McNugget (@FrankieMcNugget) November 21, 2023
Bob Huggins thank you so much for being an alcoholic and getting fired from WVU…Tre Mitchell has been huge for us
— Christopher Peak (@chrispeak5280) November 21, 2023
What a butterfly effect. Imagine if bob huggins never did what he did lmao. pic.twitter.com/lB9s1oW9vY
— Isaac 🇵🇸 (@isaac_cats) November 21, 2023