Huggins Doesn’t Name Names, But Calls Out Some For Lack of Coachability

Huggins Doesn’t Name Names, But Calls Out Some For Lack of Coachability


West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins highlighted the familiar problems of bad passing and lack of preparation as factors in his team’s hideous 66-56 loss to Florida on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic, but he also made as direct a statement as he ever has in singling out a player. He didn’t say the name, but the message was clear.

“I’ve never had a guy turn a 180 as much as he has turned,” he said of the unidentified player. “He was as coachable as could be and now he’s not. I’ve told them in the locker room that it has to stop  They have to cut it out. You can’t put yourself before the team. I don’t put myself before the team.”

Whether or not that will be sufficient to get the message across is unknown, but the Hall of Fame in-waiting coach didn’t sound overly optimistic.

“How many times is it going to happen?” he asked rhetorically. “It should have [sunk in] when we lost to Buffalo. Normally, we go in and we grind, and we have so many young guys, and we didn’t have Sags or Beetle at the end. But we still lost. They don’t put asterisks on there. We have to get it turned, and the only thing that will get it turned is hard work.”

One of the first items on that list will be more sessions on passing. WVU committed 21 turnovers, with many of those coming on easy giveaways to the Gators. Terrible attempts to players that were not open comprised another segment.

“They throw up a 1-3-1 (in the second half) which we practice against every day, but we don’t pass the ball. We absolutely refuse to pass the ball,” Huggins reiterated. “Our biggest problem is, one, we don’t pass it well and, two, we don’t have any idea where it’s supposed to go. It blows my mind that we have a guy wide open and you can’t see him. We had guys open. We didn’t pass the ball.”

That led to another familiar refrain.

“I have a hard time understanding what’s wrong with doing what you are really good at,” he said. “These guys think they can do all these things they can’t do and they look like fools. Our problem isn’t physical, it’s between our ears. How many balls do we run down from behind? We just can’t get that kind of effort.”

If fixes do come, they may come courtesy of fewer players. Huggins mentioned “addition by subtraction” which would seem to point toward cutting the rotation down, but further comments seemed to indicate more team-wide issues.

“We don’t take things serious enough,” Huggins hearkened back to previous squads. “They watched film, they listened, then they went out and practiced it. These guys sit there, but they can’t be watching. They can’t be. We have to get some guys that have our back, that have the coaching staff’s back. That has the University’s back, the state’s back.”

 

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    Kevin Kinder
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    Huggins Doesn’t Name Names, But Calls Out Some For Lack of Coachability West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins highlighted the familiar problems of bad
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    #76489
    Jeff Cobb
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    When he hit all those threes and had a career scoring night, it was the absolute worst thing that could have happened. The defense and the blocked shots, he doesn’t seem to care about anymore.

    #76499
    Butlereer
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    It’s not just one it’s Sags, West, Esa, Harris ….. all of the bigs are just out of sync. .

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    Jeff Cobb
    Jeff Cobb
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    It’s not just one it’s Sags, West, Esa, Harris ….. all of the bigs are just out of sync. .

    All four of those guys have been very underwhelming, for sure. And those were the guys you were building your team on.

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    Ccteam
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    This could be one of those years where the parts just dont mesh.

    #76510
    Butlereer
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    Do you think we have a few guys looking at next year? Looking to build their resume’s so they can put more $$$ in their pockets?

    I would think that all 3 would look to build their resume by playing within Huggs system and taking the TEAM to the highest level. But it doesn’t seem to be working that way.

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    mexman
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    I think he’s really focusing in on Esa with his comments. That’s always been his fallback when Esa was struggling, “he is talented and very coachable”

    Sags seems obvious but not sure that’s really where Huggs was directing his words.

    #76515
    Shepherdstown
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    This could be one of those years where the parts just dont mesh.

    I agree with this. We have struggled more this year than any year since Huggins got rid of people and brought in Press Virginia.

    There is no floor leadership and no flow whatsoever on offense.

    #76516
    Shepherdstown
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    Do you think we have a few guys looking at next year? Looking to build their resume’s so they can put more $$$ in their pockets?

    I would think that all 3 would look to build their resume by playing within Huggs system and taking the TEAM to the highest level. But it doesn’t seem to be working that way.

    Not sure which 3 you are referring to, but Sags is working himself out of the NBA, Esa will be lucky to hold onto a European team, and Lamont is too streaking. If anyone is wanting to build his resume for next year may want to start getting it going now, because no one is going to get rich with the way they are playing now.

    #76517
    Butlereer
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    Bingo !!!!
    Three for Three.

    #76526
    stills55
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    Basketball is still a team game so there’s enough responsibility for everyone. WV needs at least 2 shooters for the motion to be effective and score points – we don’t have them. Beatle’s the closest thing to a shooting guard but he can’t carry this team.

    #76528
    Butlereer
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    Lamont can hit it, but he isn’t the one that can create his shot. We just don’t at this time have a Butler type. We have a lot of talented Bigs, but none that can take you off the dribble. And unfortunately our G’s are spot up shooters also.

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