Monday, March 25, 2002

Huggins meets WVU brass again


Decision has yet to be made, UC's Goin says

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        West Virginia President David Hardesty and Athletic Director Ed Pastilong flew to Cincinnati on Sunday to meet with Bob Huggins and finalize a deal that would lead to the University of Cincinnati coach taking over at West Virginia, according to a report on wvmetronews.com.

        That took place after a meeting earlier in the day between Huggins and UC Athletic Director Bob Goin.

        Goin said Sunday night that Huggins knows what both sides have on the table, “so now he's just got to make the call.”

        Goin continued to say he believes Huggins has not made a decision about remaining as UC's coach or leaving for his alma mater.

        “I don't think he's accepted anything,” Goin said. “I would think it's right around the corner one way or the other. He's got to do it for him, and he's got to do it for us.

        “It's a struggle for him. The only thing you can do is work your way through it. I just hope he comes down on our side. I know it's the same old story, but the story is he's got to decide if he wants to be here or he wants to go back and try to take that program out of a hole.”

        Since last Tuesday, Huggins has met with West Virginia officials and denied several Internet reports saying he has decided to leave Cincinnati. All that happened within a four-day period.

        Goin and Huggins have an excellent relationship, and the two have met during each of the past four days.

        “I always feel good when I'm done talking to him, but then other people talk to him, too,” Goin said. “He's being recruited. I really appreciate the response our city has given him. I think he's been impressed by it.”

        Last Wednesday was declared “Bob Huggins Day” in Cincinnati by Vice Mayor Alicia Reece. On Friday, an airplane flew above Cincinnati with a banner that read: “Huggs, UC Forever-WVU Never...UC Fans!”

        UC sports information director Tom Hathaway said Sunday night there is no news conference scheduled at Cincinnati. West Virginia officials also said they had nothing scheduled.

       



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