West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has always been known for his success on the basketball sidelines from his time at Walsh in the 1980s through present day with his tenure in Morgantown. With more than 700 wins and two trips to the Final Four in 1992 and 2010 on his resume, Huggins is destined to be elected as a member of National Basketball Hall of Fame and the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame.
Now, the recognizable black tracksuit Huggins wears while yell play calls to players – and occasional screams at referees for questionable calls – got some notice from the entertainment magazine GQ. In a list of 11 fashionable coaches compiled by David Bazner of GQ.com, Huggins’ signature look was featured with fellow Big 12 coach Rick Barnes of Texas as well as former Big East rival Jim Boeheim of Syracuse. It’s left to an individual’s opinion if the look would be considered ‘badass’ as the title of the lists implies, but the tracksuit look would have to be the most laid back and comfortable look of the bunch.
The nod in the GQ piece comes after the West Virginia coach being named one of the sexiest personalities in college basketball today by CollegeInsider.com, one of Big 12 Conference three head coaches in the list. Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg and Kansas’ Bill Self also made the cut. Following back-to-back disappointing years for the men’s basketball program, the additions of Huggins to both of these questionable lists are a nice way to take attention away to something different, instead of belaboring the abrupt end to the season. We can only hope more eyes will be focused on West Virginia’s win-loss record on the court in 2015 instead of the style or looks of the team’s head coach.
Chris is a writer for the Smoking Musket as well as WVUPros.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @_CBH_ for thoughts and stats about West Virginia athletics and a great deal of randomness.