October 11, 2007
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Bob Huggins' dream job is about to begin -- in a big way.
No more pep talks to alumni and fans. No more basketball camps. No more recruiting. Finally, Huggins gets to scold, teach and mold his players full time, beginning Friday night at the official start of practice at West Virginia.
"It seems like I've been gone every day," Huggins said Thursday. "I'm just so happy I'm off the road and back to coaching. I can hardly stand it."
Three decades after his playing days at his alma mater, a new generation will see Huggins' intense and unrelenting coaching style in person, their roles far different than the 3-point loving offense of his WVU predecessor, John Beilein.
Huggins anticipates an emotional return to the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown where he played from 1975 to 1977, leading the Mountaineers in assists his senior year.