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WVU’s Bob Huggins Beats KU, Donates to Cancer Research

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West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins has found a way to raise money for a cancer charity every time he sticks it to the Kansas Jayhawks.

The Mountaineers defeated the Jayhawks on Saturday, 91-79, led by 29 points from Miles McBride and 25 points from Taz Sherman. With the victory, the Mountaineers (13-5, 6-3 in the Big 12) split the season series with the Jayhawks.

But it did more than that for Huggins, a West Virginia alum. Thanks to a clause in his contract with WVU, every time he leads the Mountaineers to a win over the Jayhawks, a charity close to his heart gets a check.


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Yep, Huggins and the Mountaineers have defeated the Jayhawks six times since the team joined the Big 12. For that, Huggins has now donated $150,000 to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment.

Huggins created the endowment in the memory of his mother, Norma Mae, who died of colon cancer on May 24, 2003. The endowment is part of the WVU Cancer Institute and funds clinical research for types of cancer that are common in West Virginia.

Huggins won’t get another chance to donate to the fund per his contract terms, unless the Jayhawks and the Mountaineers meet again in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City.

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