Saturday, April 7, 2007


You want criminals, we’ll give you criminals. Take your garden variety Bob Huggins, add in three parts West Virginia, a dash of Morgantown and a couch or two, and we will give you some quality crime. It's only a matter of time. In the meantime, Mountaineers basketball will look a lot different under new coach Bob Huggins, with faster-paced action, more slam dunks and -- he hopes -- a higher tally on the scoreboard and down at the station. All for just $5 million a year.

"I want to stay here as long as I can do what I'm supposed to do and as long as you people will have me," said Huggins, who's returning 30 years after he played his last game as a Mountaineer. "Thanks for letting me come home."

Huggins was hired just two days after John Beilein ended a successful five-year run to take the Michigan job. That opened the door for Morgantown-born Huggins to come home to what he's long told people was his dream job.

The 53-year-old Huggins has plenty of history with the Mountaineers. A former captain and two-time academic All-American during his 1975-77 playing days, Huggins spent the first year of his coaching career here as a graduate assistant.

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