Morgantown, West Virginia – Legendary West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins spent the last two days as a guest analyst for the NCAA Tournament, and although he is one of the most respected coaches in college basketball, it appears that he’s more of an acquired taste for most people as a television personality.
Looking at the social media reaction to Huggins’ appearance, a majority of the viewers struggled to understand why TBT/TNT hired him for the job, calling him “monotone”, “boring”, “half-asleep”, “low energy”, etc.
Here’s just a sampling of comments about Huggins from last night:
Bob Huggins is a legendary coach. This has not yet translated into his analyst role during the tournament.#MarchMadness
— Jerry Jones (@JerryWyCo) March 21, 2022
Bob Huggins brought absolutely zero to that halftime show, in fact, he killed the energy on the entire set. In a day where coaches use every opportunity to recruit, I’d say that was a miss for WVU. Come on Coach, damn!! #MarchMadness
— Clint Stoerner (@ClintStoerner) March 21, 2022
I can’t tell if Bob Huggins is just bad at TV, or doesn’t care enough to try to be good.
— Matt Schubert (@MattDSchubert) March 21, 2022
Bob Huggins is the most boring basketball commentator ever
— Eric Swedlund (@EricSwedlund) March 21, 2022
Can we get Frank Martin back on the desk as the guest analyst next weekend? Bob Huggins is a great coach, but his energy has been off the entire time he's been there, he's so flat. #MarchMadness
— Jazmin (@Jaz_Barton) March 21, 2022
Bob Huggins would rather be literally anywhere else in the world right now pic.twitter.com/X4ecvjMJay
— Khaled Abdallah (@khaled74) March 21, 2022
Bob Huggins on the post game commentary will make everyone go to sleep. Who was the bright guy who thought this was a good idea?
— Michael Shadwick (@shadwims) March 21, 2022
Bob Huggins has as much charisma as a baked potato. #MarchMadness
— thehoch (@hochalicious) March 21, 2022
However, there were some viewers who appreciated his knowledge of the game and dry wit:
I see people who don't like Bob Huggins "energy." That's not what it's about. Some of the world's smartest people tend to be a bit more subdued. He's super smart and Chapman is a … well, you said it.
— Data Please (@Datapleaz) March 21, 2022
Late-night analysis by Bob Huggins is exactly what we need at the end of a 12-hour basketball day. A low-key approach that can help you fall asleep masks his knowledge of the game and a razor-sharp wit.
— Mike Marsee (@MikeMarsee) March 21, 2022
Bob Huggins = Legend. Last of the old skool coaches. His delivery is reminiscent of old skool sports announcers. Many of us around 37 years or older completely get Huggins’ delivery, imperfections and all. Isn’t it all the more entertaining anyway given the comical juxtaposition?
— ₿itty The Kid (@TeeOhDubbz) March 21, 2022
Overall, approximately 75-80% of the comments on social media were negative about Huggins’ two-day stint as an analyst, mostly citing his “lack of energy” and “boring delivery.” As West Virginia fans, however, we know that that is just Bob Huggins being Bob Huggins.