Say what you will about Bob Huggins. After his latest stunt, he certainly deserves it.
But know this: There’s not a coach in America that can change a team’s fortunes the way he can.
And West Virginia, the defending NIT champion, isn’t exactly in need of a drastic overhaul.
For the first time in Huggins career, the 53 year old takes over a program that already has a solid foundation. The Mountaineers were a winning program under John Beilein. Now, they might only be two solid recruiting classes away from becoming a powerhouse.
The Big East should be scared. Despite his success, Beilein wasn’t stealing recruits from the big dogs in the conference. He developed a system that attracted less athletic players who shoot the lights out. Huggins style involves recruiting a top ten class at all costs and his history suggests it won’t be long until Morgantown has just that.
It took just three years to take Cincinnati to the final four after 15 straight seasons of missing the NCAA tournament. It took all of one year to land the nation’s best recruiting class at Kansas State.
And at West Virginia?
The expectations couldn’t be any higher.