Sunday, September 29, 2002

UC football team somber despite victory




By Kevin Cooney
Special to the Enquirer

        PHILADELPHIA - Rick Minter's two-block postgame walk across the South Street Bridge to the Cincinnati locker room was done in silence Saturday. UC's football team had just rallied to beat Temple 35-22, but word of Bearcats basketball coach Bob Huggins' heart attack ended the excitement.

        “This could be me just as well as him,” Minter said. “We're the same age, roughly, with the same living habits, roughly.”

        With that, Minter stopped speaking for a moment as he tried to compose himself. No other words were really necessary.

        The football team learned about Huggins' situation moments after walking off Franklin Field.

        “I just saw Coach Huggins on Thursday in his office,” said senior defensive end Antwan Peek, who played for the Bearcats basketball team for a few months as a sophomore. “Coach Hug and I are tight. He helped me get in the school and always looked at me as more than just a football player. He looked at me as a person, and I'm just praying for him right now.”

        Added UC receiver LaDaris Vann: “For many people, Bob Huggins is Cincinnati. He's one of the best coaches in the country. We're all a little shaken up by it right now.”

        Minter put Huggins' importance in perspective.

        “He's one of the most visible figures in the city of Cincinnati, and deservedly so,” Minter said. “He's one of the most visible basketball coaches in the country. He's done a tremendous amount of good things in the city and for the University of Cincinnati. He's kind of a pied piper. People like to be around him. He means a lot to our school, community, our city, and to collegiate sports i n general.”Minter

       



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