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Big 12 reprimands Bob Huggins for ripping officials

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Baylor

The Big 12 conference has heard enough from Bob Huggins and issues a public reprimand of the West Virginia head coach.

Huggins tore into the officials after last week’s loss to Kansas in which WVU was outshot at the free throw line 35 to 2, saying, “I don’t think I’ve ever been in a game where the disparity was what it is. 35-2. I have never been in a game like that.”

Huggins then went on to explain how the officials never have to face the media after games, but the players do, saying, “I don’t know why officials want to be a part of the game, but they don’t want to be a part of the game that has to answer. Why aren’t they answering your questions? I mean we’re going to bring 19, 21-year-old kids who don’t get paid and you’re going to ask them questions… because they [officials] don’t want to get asked ‘why didn’t you call this?’ or ‘why didn’t you call that?’”

Well, the Big 12 has responded, with Bob Bowlsby saying in a statement:

“There are proper channels within the Conference structure to handle officiating concerns. Coach Huggins’ public comments are contrary to the Conference’s Sportsmanship standards.”

If you missed Huggins lighting into the officials on Saturday that ended up with two technical fouls and being tossed from the game, here you go.

Call me crazy, but I don’t think Huggins is going to be phased by Bowlsby’s comments. That’s just a total hunch though!

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