“This is as frustrated as I’ve been since my first year at Walsh College when I went home and asked my wife, ‘Do you think I can sell insurance? Because I can’t do this,’” he said. “I can’t lose like this. It eats me up. I can’t do it. These guys, it doesn’t seem to bother them much.”
“I’ve been doing this 30 years, man, and people who have seen my teams play, we never got outmanned like we got outmanned. We never got outmanned. Never!”
“I’ve never had a guy get out of the way and not take a charge. I’ve never had that. I don’t get it, man. I just don’t”.
“I despise cowards, I despise cowards. Somebody who, somebody who has an opportunity to play at the highest level of major college basketball who’s afraid to step in front of a guy and take a charge?”
“I mean, that’s, to me, that’s just, I can’t, I can’t fathom that. I can’t fathom accepting a scholarship and not, and not compete.”
What’s more, he isn’t sure how many of his eight freshmen this year he will ask back, saying after the loss to Marquette that “they better worry where they will go next” when asked about their futures.
Bob Huggins post-game comments after Marquette game in Morgantown, Feb 24, 2011
I guess they got the message this past week after beating DePaul and S.Fla.
I could listen to this stuff all day. I might want to run through a wall for this guy. Could you hear Jay Wright or Jamie Dixon speaking publicly like this? He brings in lunch bucket guys and squeezes every ounce of talent out. The Pitts and Novas get the finest caviar, but may not push all the buttons to extract consistent excellence. I think of Huggins like Bob Knight, John Chaney, Woody Hayes, etc. Flawed, passionate brilliant coaching minds that will never pass up an opportunity to teach players tough life lessons and how to learn from mind numbing defeats.
Now, its time to lace em up again and play for the final time at MSG. Goooo Mountaineers!