The college basketball endured a scary moment last night when Bob Huggins went down on the court clutching his chest during West Virginia’s 77-62 win over Texas.
Here are five things to know about the Mountaineers’ coach:
1. Huggins is most well-known for his 14 years as head coach at Cincinnati.
From 1989-2005, he led the Bearcats to 399 wins, 10 conference championships and one Final Four.
Prior to the 2002-03 season, Huggins suffered a heart attack at a Pittsburgh airport, but he did not miss any time coaching the Bearcats once the regular season began.
2. Huggins was born in Morgantown, W. V., but he first became a big name while starring for his father’s Gnadenhutten (Ohio) Indian Valley High South High School team.
A three-year all-state pick, Huggins was the Ohio Player of the Year in 1972 and finished his career fourth in Ohio history with 2,438 points. He is still No. 12 on the state’s scoring list.
3. He went on to be a three-year letterman and a captain at West Virginia.
He was a two-time Academic All-American who graduated magna cum laude and later received a master’s in health administration from WVU.
4. Huggins started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at WVU before spending two years as an assistant at Ohio State.
His first head-coaching position was at Walsh University in 1980.
5. After three years at Walsh, Huggins moved on to Akron, where he won 97 games in five seasons before landing the UC job.
He revived the Bearcats’ program, but his program developed a bad-boy reputation that ultimately contributed to his being forced out by the school administration.
After a 23-win season at Kansas State, Huggins accepted an offer to return to his alma mater in 2007.
In his fourth season with the Mountaineers, they advanced to the Final Four.
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