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Bob Huggins Addresses Future, What’s Next for West Virginia Basketball

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West Virginia turned out to be a one-and-done in the NCAA Tournament this season, falling to Maryland 67-65 in a truly entertaining game.

With 12 lead changes and eight ties, the contest was back and forth from start to finish, reminiscent of several games that Mountaineers’ fans have witnessed under head coach Bob Huggins. To be fair, he’s won plenty more than he’s lost, and the Hall of Fame coach has certainly earned the benefit of the doubt.

Still, at 69 years old, there’s always the chance that Huggins decides to hang up the quarter-zip and whistle and enjoy retirement.

 

After his team’s loss on Thursday, Huggins was asked about the prospect of next season and what’s in store.

“You know the only thing I’ve thought about in the last whatever month and a half was getting these guys to a point where they could come here,” Huggins said.

For the last several weeks of the season, Huggins has been more concerned with making sure his seniors go out on a high note, or at least by getting to experience an NCAA Tournament.

“Erik [Stevenson] for instance had never played in an NCAA Tournament,” Huggins said. “We want to get those guys to an NCAA Tournament and experience the NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately, ours isn’t going to be very long, but at least he got to play in one.”

 

At the end of the day though, folks want to know who will lead their favorite team onto the court next season, and Huggins, always candid, had an interesting way of answering the question.

“I don’t know. It’s like anything else, you know. You probably got people who enjoy reading what you write, and there’s people who say I wouldn’t read a damn thing he writes. I got people who think I should stay on for quite a while, and there’s people probably thinking I ought to pack it in and let some young kid come in and screw it up.”

In a follow-up question, Huggins was asked what was next for the program and the players that will be returning for WVU in 2023-24.

“In a way, we have already kind of talked about it,” Huggins said. “You know, I think we let them kind of diffuse for a while and then we’ll sit down with everybody, not just those guys, but the guys that have exhausted their eligibility, and we’ll sit down and talk about what we did right and what we did wrong and who is staying and who is going.”

West Virginia finishes the 2022-23 season with a 19-15 overall record after losing in the first round of Huggins’s 26th NCAA Tournament appearance. Is there a 27th appearance in store? We will just have to wait and see.

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