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If you were to ask a random bystander in any West Virginia town about Bob Huggins, chances are they would see him as Mountain State royalty. Boxed with a decorated career that includes 926 wins, Huggins has certainly earned his reputation and his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. His success at every coaching stop during his career speaks for itself – the man is a legend.
However, Huggins is human and comes with his faults. Much like everyone, he is not perfect. Over the last three seasons, his Mountaineers have somewhat fallen off. Not completely off a cliff, but they are not competing at a level that we are all used to.
Though many will die on the hill of defending Huggins, some Mountaineer fans have started to voice their displeasure with the head coach and the current state of the team.
Here are some knee-jerk reactions on Twitter following WVU’s 78-62 loss to Kansas…
what an embarrassing performance by WVU tonight…
bob huggins done lost the team for the second season in a row. maybe if he’d quit throwing his players under the bus every time he talks with the media, they’d be better. 🤷🏻♂️
— taylor 🌴 (@TClark_1) January 8, 2023
Bob Huggins is the 9th highest paid coach in the country. Why does he get this long of a leash?
— Everyoneisawesome (@stephenkoval1) January 8, 2023
it’s time for Bob Huggins to go.
— Nick Varney (@nick_varney3) January 8, 2023
Time to hang it up @CoachHuggs. Same thing year after year with all different players. You couldn’t win if you had LeBron and KD. You’re running the same sets you ran in the 90’s. Please do us a favor, and hang it up. The Big 12 knows what plays you’re going to run.
— #1 WVU Fan (@1_wvu) January 8, 2023
How long are we going to let Huggins get away with losing because he’s a “good ol boy”. It’s time to hang it up. This entire athletic department is stuck in 2010.
— Left Hand Down (@faxonIy) January 8, 2023
For a fanbase that has been infatuated with Huggins since the 2010 Final Four run, this certainly doesn’t bode well for the old ball coach. With an 0-3 start in Big 12 play, it was to be expected that some fans would be upset.
However, fans calling for his departure after three losses is a bit surprising.
West Virginia returns to the hardwood on Wednesday when they take on Baylor in Morgantown. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game will broadcast on ESPN+.