Morgantown, W.Va. – Saturday afternoon as “Country Roads” played in the Coliseum, the Mountaineers weren’t the only ones stamping their win in the Big 12 column of the Big 12/SEC matchup this weekend.
Head coach Bob Huggins was yet again silently solidifying his spot amount the college basketball coaching legends. Saturday’s win over Missouri signaled the 876th career win for the beloved Huggy Bear. This win moved Huggins into a tie for seventh-most winningest college basketball coach with Hall of Fame legend Adolph Rupp.
The win on Saturday put Huggins one win away from passing Rupp in the winningest coaches rankings, with three more wins putting him right next to Dean Smith.
Huggins’ career has stemmed over two decades and has made stops at Walsh College, Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State and finally his home; West Virginia. Throughout this extremely decorated coaching career one thing sticks out that sets ole Huggy Bear apart from his elite coaching careers: he lacks a National Championship.
Many thought it would happen a decade ago in that famed Final Four run in 2010, but we all know too well what happened there (and I still get so sad for those players thinking of their run coming to an end). This season, on the heels of an extremely down season; where Huggins just looked ill and upset about his team’s performance, Huggins is back with a team that truly loves to play basketball with each other. Currently in the top fifteen in the AP Polls, Huggins’ Mountaineers have only had three losses this season and have truly bought into their coach’s all-team mentality.
Now, Huggins is slowly inching his way into that top tier of Hall of Fame coaches, as it’s well known that he will be a Hall of Fame coach himself one day (hopefully soon). His team is playing the type of basketball he is known for, they’re winning games and having fun. As the season goes on and games keep getting stacked into the win column, Mountaineer fans (and basketball fans alike) can’t help but root for Huggins and his decorated career as a coach.