Huggins leaves K-State for West Virginia
Manhattan, KS (Sports Network) - Bob Huggins is heading back to his alma mater as he is leaving Kansas State to take over the men's basketball team at West Virginia.
"This is a tough day for the entire K-State nation," said athletics director Tim Weiser. "Bob Huggins did a terrific job during his short tenure to put Kansas State back on the basketball map and we appreciate his efforts. It's a shame that he has decided not to finish the job he started here."
Last season with the Wildcats, which turned out to be his first and only season, Huggins guided the team to a 23-12 record, the most wins at the school since the 1987-88 season, but the team did not receive an invitation to the NCAA Tournament.
However, the school did make it to the postseason to break an eight-year drought as the Wildcats were invited to the NIT, where they lost in the second round to DePaul.
Huggins has also coached at Walsh, Akron and Cincinnati and has amassed a 590-211 record, sixth-highest among active Division I coaches, and has appeared in the Final Four once, in 1992 with Cincinnati.
He will take over a Mountaineers team that had been guided by John Beilein, who was hired by Michigan on Tuesday, for the past five years.
This past season West Virginia finished with a 27-9 record and won the NIT championship.
Huggins graduated from West Virginia in 1977 and received his Master's Degree in health administration from the school in 1978.KANSASST