Morgantown, W. Va. – Several days after Huggins and the Mountaineers took their first conference loss of the season, and subsequently the day after their first conference win; the head coach was hit was a public reprimand from the Big 12.
Following Saturday’s loss at Kansas, Huggins made several statements regarding his opinion of the work of the game refs. At one point, the future Hall of Fame coach referenced the “Three Blind Mice” and therefore violated the conference’s “Sportsmanship Policy.’
This was apparently Huggins’ third violation and therefore his punishment resulted in a public reprimand and a $10,000 fine. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby issued the following statement:
“Coach Huggins’ comments following the West Virginia vs. Kansas basketball game violate the Big 12 Conference’s sportsmanship policy,” said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “Because this is Coach Huggins’ third such incident, a public reprimand and a fine of $10,000 is appropriate.”
The Mountaineers lost Saturday to the Jayhawks in Lawrence, then went on to beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys Monday night in Stillwater. West Virginia returns home Saturday to play host to the Texas Tech Red Raiders.