Former West Virginia associate head coach Larry Harrison broke his silence after his dismissal from the program last week.
Harrison provided a statement for West Virginia fans on social media. It seems he is still uncertain as to why he was dismissed.
“I wish I had an explanation to share with you in regards to my unforeseen dismissal but I do not,” Harrison said. “However, I can assure you that I am not the subject of any NCAA, criminal or other investigation or violations. I read the university’s statement that the decision was in the best interest of Mountaineer basketball. I can only assume that some important people believe that to be true.”
Harrison’s dismissal was sudden, as he had been one of head coach Bob Huggins’ long-time assistant coaches, both at West Virginia and at Cincinnati.
Harrison was a part of WVU basketball for 16 seasons, 13 seasons of which as the associate head coach. But he goes back longer with Huggins. Harrison worked on Huggins’ staff for eight seasons at Cincinnati.
As an assistant at WVU and Cincinnati, Harrison helped support 16 NCAA Tournament and three NIT bids. That included Cincinnati’s run to the 1992 Final Four and West Virginia’s run to the 2010 Final Four.
The Mountaineers have not gotten off to a good start in Big 12 action after a 10-2 start in non-league action. West Virginia is 10-7, 0-5 in Big 12 play and preparing to host TCU on Wednesday.
On Sunday, the Mountaineers announced the hiring of DerMarr Johnson as an assistant coach. Johnson played for Huggins at Cincinnati and was part of the Bearcats’ 1999-2000 team that was No. 1 in the country at one point.
You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.