What can you do to improve the Mountaineers basketball team? That is the question that head coach Bob Huggins posed to his players. But this was not just a simple question and answer session, this was an essay.
That’s right, things have gotten so bad in Morgantown that coach Huggins has assigned his players to write essays about how each player could help improve the Mountaineers season (as first reported by wvusports.com).
Obviously Huggins is having a difficult time getting his players motivated. The Mountaineers have limped to an underwhelming 9-11 mark this season, only winning 2 of 7 Big XII games to this point. While no one expected the Mountaineers to contend for the league title, noone anticipated the Mountaineers falling to the Big XII basement.
It is not like West Virginia is lacking in talent, there is a wealth of talented players on the bench, especially in the back court. With the group of players that are on this roster, there is no reason that this team could not be more like a 15-6 team than a 9-11 team.
As has been evidenced by Huggins post game demeanor all season, he is at his wits’ end with these players. When you get to the point that pep talks and intense training sessions cannot get the message through to your players, why not have them write an essay?
The fact that Huggy Bear has had to resort to assigning homework is a sad commentary on a lost season. With any luck, perhaps Huggins class in team building will spark WVU to a strong finish.
Or maybe the team will need to retake the course in the fall.