Bob Huggins signs extension to coach WVU basketball team

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 26: Gary Browne
CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 26: Gary Browne /

Bob Huggins will likely be the head coach of the WVU basketball team for the rest of his coaching career.

On Nov. 6, Bob Huggins signed an extension that will keep him around his hometown of Morgantown for the foreseeable future. It’s not as if he is looking to move on from his current post, anyway. Bob Huggins has always been a Mountaineer for life.

His revised contract just proves it. According to reports, he is now signed to the 2021-22 season. After that, he will likely step away from the profession. Or, if he chooses to continue coaching, West Virginia can amend the contract again.

"USA Today and Associated Press states, starting with the 2022-23 season, Huggins can assume a five-year appointment in public relations and development along with other duties within the athletic department, ending in June 2027. Or he can continue coaching."

Having Bob Huggins on the Mountaineers’ side for a while is a really good thing. Having him in an administrative role into his 70s will be good for his piece of mind and the future of the WVU basketball program.

Bob Huggins has 819 career wins, which makes him third on the list of active coaches. According to Sports Reference, he has taken teams to the NCAA Tournament 23 times. In the 10 seasons he has been at West Virginia, Bob Huggins has eight NCAA Tournament appearances.

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His head coach coaching career started at Walsh University. At the Division I level, Bob Huggins has coached Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State and WVU. With the Mountaineers, Bob Huggins has a record of 229-119. His highest winning percentage from his tenure at Cincinnati is .757 where he went 398-128. he has been to the Final Four twice, once with Cincinnati and once with West Virginia.

There are certainly solid odds that he can make it back to the Final Four this season. It may just be his biggest coaching test yet as he tries to implement the best defensive scheme. Press Virginia is a moniker that appeared a few seasons ago that truly fit the way Bob Huggins runs his program.

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He also runs his program with dedication and loyalty, which is why he was given this worthy extension.