Thursday, March 21, 2002

Huggins makes trip to W. Va.

But coach hasn't spoken to UC AD

By Michael Perry,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        University of Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins was in Morgantown, W.Va., on Wednesday to continue his meetings with West Virginia officials about the school's vacant basketball coach's position, a source close to the situation told the Enquirer.

        Huggins met with West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong and other school officials in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

        UC athletic director Bob Goin said Wednesday night that he had not spoken with Huggins since Tuesday night but he expected to see him today.

        “He's being recruited,” Goin said. “And it's one of their favorite sons coming home. They're making him feel awfully good.”

        The two met Monday afternoon at Goin's home, and Goin said he asked Huggins: What is there we can do? He said Huggins' response was: Everything's fine.

        “That was his opportunity,” Goin said. “All I can do is ask him. He never said, "I can't survive under these conditions.' I hope the whole city knows this: He makes great money, and he travels anywhere he wants in the country and he does what he wants to do. ...

        “His decision is going to be based on whether he wants to return to West Virginia and save the program. His alma mater's calling him home and they're saying to him, "We need you more than Cincinnati.'”

        As soon as Gale Catlett resigned as West Virginia's coach Feb.14, Huggins, 48, was mentioned as a leading candidate for the position.


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