Huggins headed to K-State
=== Huggins headed to K-State ===
Manhattan, KS (Sports Network) – Former Cincinnati men’s basketball coach
Bob Huggins has agreed to take the vacant head coaching position at
Kansas State. The university will announce the hiring at a Thursday press
conference beginning at 5 p.m. (et).
Huggins, who had his contract bought out by Cincinnati in August, comes with a
proven track record of success but a considerable amount of baggage as well.
The 52-year-old posted a sparkling 399-127 in 16 seasons with the Bearcats and
guided the school to the NCAA Tournament in each of his last 14 years there,
including an Final Four appearance in 1992. Cincinnati claimed 10 conference
titles and eight conference tournament championships under Huggins’ direction
and reached the Elite 8 of the NCAA’s three times.
On the flip side, the program drew heavy criticism for its inability to
graduate players, a number of which were involved in brushes with the law
during Huggins tenure. The NCAA placed the program on a two-year probation in
1998, citing a lack of institutional control.
Huggins had a rollover provision removed from his contract in the summer of
2004 following an arrest for drunk driving. After meeting with
Cincinnati president Nancy Zimpher last May, the long-time coach had the
option of taking a buyout or remaining with the Bearcats and chose the latter.
In July, Huggins asked the university to resume contract negotiations because
the coach believed he could not work or recruit effectively with a lame-duck
status. After talks failed to progress, he received a buyout of the final two
years of his contract of approximately $3 million.
Huggins also was the head coach of Akron from 1984 to 1989 and amassed a 97-46
mark in five seasons. His overall coaching record stands at 567-199 over 24
Kansas State fired former head coach Jim Wooldridge immediately after the
Wildcats’ loss to Texas Tech in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament
earlier this month.
Wooldridge produced winning records in each of last two seasons at the helm of
the K-State program, including a 15-13 mark this year, but the Wildcats never
finished better than seventh in the rugged Big 12 during his six-year tenure.
In six seasons at Kansas State, Wooldridge compiled an 83-90 overall record
and a 32-64 mark in Big 12 play. The Wildcats have finished 6-10 in the
conference in each of the last three years.