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Bob Huggins to be Inducted Into Hall of Fame: Report

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West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins will reportedly be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later this year.

The announcement of the 2022 class will be made on Saturday in New Orleans, the site of this year’s men’s Final Four.

The news was first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

 

If correct, that would end Huggins’ wait to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, where he’s been a candidate on several occasions but is a finalist for the first time this year. Huggins was named a finalist by the North America committee last month.

Huggins is one of the most decorated coaches in college basketball history. Last season, Huggins passed Bob Knight and Roy Williams on the all-time list and now has 916 career victories.

He is one of six Division I coaches to win at least 900 games, along with Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Jim Calhoun, Bob Knight and Roy Williams. Krzyzewski and Boeheim are the only active coaches, with Krzyzewski set to retire after the Final Four. Calhoun retired three games into this season at St. Joseph’s College. Huggins needs four wins to tie Calhoun at 920 career victories.

Huggins is the only of the of six coaches that is not already in the Hall of Fame. He is signed with the Mountaineers through after the 2026-27 season.

Huggins took Cincinnati (1992) and West Virginia (2010) to the Final Four in his long coaching career, which started his career at Division III Walsh, where he won 71 games in three seasons from 1980-83. Akron hired him, and in five seasons Huggins won 97 games and took the Zips to the NCAA Tournament.

At Cincinnati, Huggins helmed the program for 17 seasons, won 399 games, and reached the NCAA Tournament 14 games. After a season out of basketball, Huggins took the job at Kansas State in 2006 and led the Wildcats to a 23-win season before the West Virginia job opened up and he took it before the 2007-08 season.

Huggins has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from WVU. Huggins and Williams are the only two coaches to win at least 300 games at two different schools.  

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