MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – (November 5, 2020) – Bob Huggins joined college basketball analyst, Jon Rothstein’s podcast on Monday and discussed COVID-19, Deuce McBride, and what it would be like to win a national title for the state of West Virginia.
Coach Huggins starts out the interview by showing his continuous annoyance by the authorities in-charge of dealing with all of the procedures right now.
“It’s been informative from the standpoint that people are making decisions that have no clue about our guys or about athletics in general. They continue to make decisions that are not in our guy’s best interests.”
“Our guys are going to play,” Huggins emphasized.
Jon Rothstein brings up the tournament in three weeks in South Dakota and asks Huggs about his thoughts on how the season is currently constructed.
“I think what they have set up in South Dakota is very good,” Huggins said. “I mean we are going to test and then test some more out there and that’s fine.”
“I don’t know what the advantage was to move the start of the season back to November 25th. I don’t understand that. Now you’re jamming a bunch of games together, which I think makes it much more difficult,” Huggins added.
Rothstein turns the conversation about the state of college basketball in regards of new rules.
Bob Huggins wasn’t shy talking about the potential transfer rule that could pass to allow players to not have to redshirt if they transfer from their former school.
“It’s worrisome,” Huggins said. “The one-time transfer immediate eligibility when 90 percent of coaches are against it, why would it pass?”
Rothstein turns the page and brings up this year’s West Virginia basketball team.
“Oh I think we’ve got a chance,” Huggins said.
“They’ve been great from a standpoint of coming in enthusiastic and from a standpoint of asking an intelligent question. The older guys have been great for the young guys. They’ve really taken them under their wing and really tried to help them. This has been an enjoyable first couple of weeks of practice that I can remember,” Huggins added.
Jon Rothstein goes on and brings up Miles McBride and how he’s one of the best guards in the conference and potentially country. He asks Huggins what Deuce has done to transition from his freshman year to his sophomore year.
“Deuce is a great competitor,” Huggins said. “Deuce is a guy who would’ve been a five-star football recruit had he not broken his ankle. He’s a tough kid from a great family that really brought him up the right way.”
“He’s got that competitive edge that makes people special,” Huggins added.
Huggins and Rothstein start talking about the JUCO players on the West Virginia roster and Coach Huggs gives praise to specifically Taz Sherman and Sean McNeil in regards that they can shoot the rock.
Bob Huggins then gives praise also to Isaiah Cottrell and Gabe Osabuohien.
Rothstein compares the Big 12 to the old Big East, where Huggins used to coach. He brings up that half of the conference has a chance to make noise in March (Baylor, Kansas, West Virginia, Texas Tech, and Texas).
Huggins gives compliments to Texas’ Shaka Smart, Kansas’ Bill Self, and Oklahoma State’s Mike Boynton.
Rothstein brings up that it’s been 10 years since West Virginia made the 2010 Final Four.
“This is the best roster we’ve had since 2010,” Huggins said. “There’s absolutely no doubt. We’ve got more guys that can make shots, we’ve got athleticism, we’ve got size. This is just as good of a group we’ve had since 2010.
“I LOVE this university; this university has been great to me. Would I like to go win a national championship for the people in this state? There’s nothing I want to do more than win a national championship for the people in this state,” Huggins added.
Coach Huggins then talks about former assistant Jerrod Calhoun’s idea if WVU wins a national title.
“What we need to do is if we need to get a bus and just travel around the state with the national championship trophy and wouldn’t it be great to have Tony Caridi on the radio say, ‘Hey, listen, we are going to be in Jane Lew in about fifteen minutes. If anyone wants to come touch the trophy, meet at the hotdog shop.’”
“How great would that be? For the state that gets picked on to be the best in the United States,” Huggs added.
The full podcast of Bob Huggins on College Hoops Today with Jon Rothstein will be linked below.