Bob Huggins has had an illustrious career. Recording over 900 wins and standing as the fourth winningest coach all-time, there have been few feats he has failed to claim. There is one, though, that has lingered for years: bringing a Waffle House to Morgantown.
It was a warm Monday afternoon, and the Mountaineers’ basketball coach could not help but reminisce on his phenomenal breakfast. It was so good that Huggins had gone back for more three days in a row.
This breakfast came from an American favorite, Waffle House. However, to the dismay of Huggins and many West Virginia faithful, this Waffle House was not found in Morgantown. The closest Waffle House to campus is in Washington, Pennsylvania, 41 miles away.
"“Ate breakfast @WaffleHousethe last 3 morning’s so good! Can’t believe we can’t get a franchise in Morgantown. It would stay full.# why not” – Bob Huggins via Twitter"
This spurred one of Huggins’ most popular tweets. His call for action earned over 100 likes and retweets, with dozens of replies voicing their agreement. The momentum was there, and with a legendary figure leading the charge, it seemed like only a matter of time before the chain made its way to town.
However, here we are today. Almost eight years have passed, and despite Huggins only building a bigger brand in that time, there are still no plans for a Waffle House in Morgantown.
It’s not as if the desire for the restaurant has faded, either; just two years ago, a piece was published in The DA, West Virginia’s independent student newspaper. Casey Johnson describes why Morgantown is the perfect place for a new location in the report. The listed combination of a lack of local restaurants open 24/7 and over 30,000 students who are always searching for inexpensive food.
All in all, it seems unlikely that we ever get a Waffle House. But if the buzz stays alive, minds could be changed, and Waffle House could find a waffle home in Morgantown.