900 Wins Plus Best Fisherman Title: WVU’s Bob Huggins At Big 12 Media Day

A low-key appearance at the Big 12 men’s basketball Media Day meant few questions for the coaches present, including 900-win West Virginia mentor Bob Huggins, national champion Baylor coach Scott Drew and new Oklahoma coach Porter Moser. Thus unencumbered, Huggins had some interactions that spanned their few minutes at the podium.

Moser mentioned crossing paths with Huggins when Moser was at Creighton and Huggins at Cincinnati. Creighton was up by 21 points at halftime in a holiday tournament game in Hawaii, and obviously, Huggins’ team was not playing well.

“We heard an unbelievable motivational speech at halftime,” Moser said of Huggins’s reaction to the Bearcats play. “We lost by one or two.”

Huggins, for his part, provided a typical deadpan reaction.

“Those were words of encouragement I was sharing with my team,” said Huggins, who currently holds a record of 900-382 as a head coach. “I was telling them, ‘Boys, we can play better than this.’ I just said it a little louder than most people do.”

Baylor’s Drew, who was watching, laughed in appreciation, and a bit later took a chance with a break in the questioning with an off-topic query about the league’s top-rated fisherman.

“Scott Drew fishes the most, but I would consider myself the best,” said Huggins with a smile. An avid angler himself, Huggins has appeared on fishing and outdoor shows and is an accomplished operator of a fly rod.

Clearly, the duo has had some byplay on fishing, but the angle here is on Huggins’ take on coaching in the league, which is shared by many others. While Huggins might be the best fisherman, he notes that there’s no outcoaching the other program leaders in the Big 12. It’s a familiar message for WVU fans, but one that he reinforced when asked about the status of the league. Even with some coaches moving on to new jobs, competition in the league is no easier.

“This is a great coaching league. The guys in this league are great,” Huggins detailed. “We do this in the recruiting process º how many first-round picks we’ve had, how many draft picks. It’s a great league and a great players league. This league is so hard, I don’t think you all get how hard it is. We have coaches retire, and those ADs bring in guys that are just as good. They go out and get good players, and they coach them really good. We have guys that are at the top of the coaching profession.”

The quality is so good that Huggins agrees with Drew’s assessment of postseason possibilities.

“I think it’s attainable to get three teams in the Final Four,” he said of Drew’s stated goal. “We put enough teams in the tournament that it’s possible. If Scott (Drew) says it, it’s true. He doesn’t lie … much.”

Again, the barb, and again perhaps related to fishing as much as anything. When the topic turned to his team, though, the veteran coach turned a bit more serious.

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“I wish I knew the answer to that,” he said of what character his team will take. “Losing Derek (Culver) is a big hit because he got hard rebounds. He didn’t get rebounds, he got hard rebounds. I don’t know if we have a replacement for that. When we signed Deuce (McBride) we didn’t know f he could ever play with his bad ankle. We don’t get guys like that a lot. We get guys who have to work like crazy to be able to play in this league.”

West Virginia will rely on outside shooting – a major change for a team that has featured inside scoring as its foundation over the past few years – but it’s another aspect of his team’s play that has Huggins concerned, and which he has voiced recently.

“We can make shots, but I don’t know if we can keep anybody from making shots,” Huggins said, reinforcing an observation from WVU’s public intra-squad scrimmage. “We’ll go from there. I’ve done this 40-some years, so I’ve been through it a time or two.”

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    A low-key appearance at the Big 12 men’s basketball Media Day meant few questions for the coaches present, including 900-win West Virginia mentor Bob
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    #159776

    Talking Smack. BH cracks me up. I wouldn’t want to be on the end of the louder statement.

    #159777

    You know 900 in numbers doesn’t sound like a lot but in basketball coaches circle it’s a number that is rarely ever reached. The sheer number of outstanding teams you have to have seems impossible

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    Great read, thanks!

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    Weird thing. Ive never fly fished with a dead head. Ever. Seems people who fly fish are smarter, more observant, and generally good to be around. I am the exception but Ive met some mighty fine folks fly fishing. Huggins gets 10 more points in my opinion poll now and he was top of scale already.

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    Fly fishing is an acquired type of fishing. Personally I am more of sitting on the bank with a cooler of beer a Coleman lantern a stick shaped in a Y pushed into the ground line waiting for a bite from a nice big catfish.

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