Huggins Officially New WVU Coach

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Bob Huggins says he's wanted to be part of West Virginia University's athletic program since he was a kid listening to games on his grandfather's lap.

Huggins played his last two college basketball seasons at W-V-U and started his coaching career as a graduate assistant there during the 1977-78 season.

He was introduced Friday afternoon as the Mountaineers new coach -- which he says is a dream come true.

The 53-year-old Morgantown native says he loves being back in West Virginia and will stay "as long as you people'll have me."

Huggins left Kansas State after just one season to take the West Virginia job vacated by John Beilein, who left this week for Michigan.

Huggins will earn about 800-thousand dollars in his first year at W-V-U. Athletic Director Ed Pastilong says he'll make approximately five million over the course of the five-year contract and has incentives that will give him a chance to earn more.

Huggins turned down West Virginia once before. He was the first choice to replace Gale Catlett in 2002, but negotiations broke down and he wound up staying at Cincinnati -- where he coached for 16 seasons before going to Kansas State.

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