It had been a tough week for the Mountaineers leading up to the Texas game on Saturday. They had lost two-straight games to Texas Tech and Kansas, both games they held double-digit leads in. Needless to say, Bob Huggins didn’t want any more headaches prior to tip off against Texas on Saturday. Unfortunately, he got one. Huggins was not allowed in the WVU Coliseum through a door he says he’s been entering for years. Here was the story, in Huggins’ words.
Note to self: Do not forget my credential for the next game at the Coliseum. As Bob Huggins found out this morning, security can be tight: pic.twitter.com/wBvsexGL4l
— Joe Brocato (@joebrowdtv) January 21, 2018
So basically, the event staff told Bob Huggins he needed a freakin’ credential to get in the game. Yep, probably the most recognizable man in Morgantown (yes, I’d say more so than Dana), who coaches the team, wasn’t allowed to enter the Coliseum due to lacking a proper credential.
The best line from Huggins? “Are you prepared to coach the team?” Imagine being that poor event staff person who tells Bob Huggins he can’t enter the arena, and then the towering figure staring you down and asking you if you’re prepared to coach the team. That’s got to be an out-of-body experience. Or you just feel like a total dope.
Luckily, that was where Huggins’ struggles ended on Saturday as his Mountaineers steamrolled Texas 85-51. WVU scored 54 points in the second half against the second-best defense in the Big 12 conference, shooting 66% in the final 20 minutes of action.
Unfortunately for Huggins, the road doesn’t get any easier for his Mountaineers, who go to TCU for Big Monday, host Kentucky next Saturday (along with ESPN’s College GameDay), and then it’s off to Ames, Iowa the following Monday.
No rest for the weary in the Big 12 conference.