Is Bob Huggins athletic director material?

June, 7, 2010
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West Virginia is in the midst of a search for a new athletic director, and Jack Bogaczyk of the Charleston Daily Mail is floating out Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins as a potential candidate.

From Bogacyzk's story:
There's been something louder than a rumored whisper about adding "AD" to Huggins' very large responsibilities as men's basketball coach. He'd get the big title, and WVU would hire something like a "senior associate AD" to run the day-to-day operations.

Does Huggs want to be the AD at his alma mater?

"I don't know," Huggins said, with a bit of a laugh, while "hanging out" at Berry Hills Country Club on Thursday. "I don't really want to talk about it ... Jack, I'll discuss it with you at a later date."

I don't see WVU going that route. It goes against most everything in major college athletics operations these days. Huggins is a sharp guy, but he has enough to do to win basketball games, recruit the country and spend his spring running all over the state and beyond pressing the flesh with donors and fans.

Ah, but it's interesting to think about, isn't it? Obviously Huggins has had history with clashing with a university president who told reporters after his ousting that "character counts." He had a renegade reputation coaching Cincinnati teams that played the role of the bad guys.

Flash forward to now, and the windbreaker fits a little more snugly at West Virginia, his alma mater. One of the lasting images of the Mountaineers' run to the Final Four this year was of Huggins consoling a fallen Da'Sean Butler.

Last month, the NCAA publicly recognized Huggins' team for its Academic Progress Rate score, which sits among the top 10 percent of all men's basketball teams.

But would sitting in both the boss's chair and on the bench be a comfortable place for Huggins?

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