WVU Reaction To Huggins' Announcement

The following press release was issued by WVU following Bob Huggins' announcement that he is staying at the University of Cincinnati.

WVU President David C. Hardesty, Jr, was notified at 5:45 p.m. Monday evening by Cincinnati men's basketball coach Bob Huggins that he is no longer considering the coaching vacancy at WVU.

In a news release issued by Cincinnati Sports Information Office shortly after Huggins' phone call to Hardesty, the Bearcats' coach cited his family, players and working conditions among reasons for remaing at Cincinnati. Hardesty noted that Huggins never mentioned economics as a factor in his decision.

"Obviously we are disappointed in Coach Huggins' decision," said Hardesty. "We want to the Cincinnati officials for allowing us to speak with him. The search for a new men's basketball coach will continue, and we are confident we can find a person with the qualities necessary to lead a successful program at WVU."

Huggins said he did not want to harm WVU's search efforts by prolonging his decision, according to Hardesty. Huggins also pledged to help WVU in any way possible as the search goes forward, Hardesty added.

There are many to be commeded for their help in trying to bring Coach Huggins to WVU," said Hardesty. "We hope that commitment continues as we pursue other avenues."

WVU has been actively seatching for a new men's basketball coach since Gale Catlett announced his retirement February 14. West virginia Athletic Director Ed Pastilong has maintained contact with other potential candidates during the process.

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