West Virginia men’s head basketball coach Bob Huggins took part in a Zoom video session to preview the start of his team’s practice next week for the 2020-21 season. Things quickly got sidetracked, in a quite entertaining fashion, when Huggins came on screen with an epic backyard layout behind him.
Holding court in front of an outdoor grill setup to be envied by all, the veteran head coach, still sporting a full goatee, presided with his normal mix of humor and shrewd analysis.
What made it even better, though, were all of the cameo appearances before and during the 23-minute session. Three different dogs wandered on and off screen, and voiced their own thoughts at times. Birds chirped on the sunny, yet windy afternoon, and at least one neighbor fired up what sounded like a string trimmer. Multiple aircraft also overflew the Huggins compound, while wife June also showed up for a few moments.
“We’ve got it all,” Huggins cracked at one point.
Huggins did reveal that the Pitt game will be one of the casualties of the COVID-19-altered non-conference schedule. As reported here earlier, WVU will play in the Big East-Big 12 Battle, the Big 12-SEC Challenge and a three-game multi-team event in South Dakota. Richmond has been reported, but not confirmed, as one of the four other non-conference opponents. WVU was also scheduled to play Purdue in Ucnasville, Connecticut, but that game was not commented on during the session.
WVU’s first home game is expected to be the first week of December, said Huggins.