Done Deal?

West Virginia's coaching search focused on one man from the beginning. By all appearances, the search will not have to go beyond the first option.

Bob Huggins, a Morgantown native and WVU alum, has accepted an offer to return to his alma mater as head coach, according to several media sources.

At this time, has not been able to verify that he has formally accepted the offer.

According to sources close to Huggins and sources close to West Virginia, the Kansas State head coach has been communicating with representatives from WVU for the past few days about becoming head coach. Huggins reportedly met with Kansas State officials last night. has learned that Huggins is in a plane bound for West Virginia. Sources say the plane is headed to Morgantown. Reportedly, a press conference will be held at the Coliseum this evening at which time Huggins will discuss the West Virginia coaching position. Mountaineer and NBA legend Jerry West may even attend if his schedule allows. Gov. Joe Manchin will be unable to attend the conference as he has a prior engagement in Fairmont on Thursday evening.

This would be the fourth Division I job for Huggins, who began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at WVU in 1977. His first head coaching gig came at Akron, where he led the Zips to the NCAA Tournament in 1986. He would go on to spend 16 seasons at the University of Cincinnati, where he took the Bearcats to the Final Four in 1992. After being dismissed by UC President Nancy Zimpher in the summer of 2005, Huggins sat out a season before returning to the sidelines this past season at Kansas State.

In his first season in Manhattan, Huggins quickly made basketball relevant at football-crazy KSU. The Wildcats won 23 games this past season, and advanced to the second round of the NIT before falling to DePaul.

In his 25 years as a Division I head coach, Huggins has been to the postseason 22 times. That total includes 15 trips to the NCAA Tournament, including 14 straight during his tenure at Cincinnati. His teams have also won 20 or more games in 22 of his 25 seasons. A three-time Conference USA Coach of the year, Huggins boasts a career record of 590-211.

If he accepts, Huggins would be filling the job vacated by John Beilein, who resigned at West Virginia on Tuesday morning to accept the head coaching job at the University of Michigan.

As this very fluid situation progresses, will continue to update.

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