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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Bob Huggins hoards hotel points, shoes

By Diamond Leung

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins had his annual charity roast on Wednesday, and one of those invited to do the roasting was Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin.

The former assistant coach under Huggins and current Big East rival used the opportunity to share (exaggerated?) tales about his former boss, and according to West Virginia Illustrated, he was so excited to do so that he drove to the event after his flight was canceled.
"There's a few things that people don't know in the state of West Virginia about their basketball coach. He holds more Best Western points than any coach in the history of college basketball. We were No. 1 in the country at Cincinnati, and we stayed at Best Westerns all year because Coach Huggins was trying to get a free tractor trailer through their points system from John Deere. It's an obscure fact...And he still records his Delta miles personally because he thinks that he gets cheated."

Cronin also laughed as he talked about Huggins' preparations for retirement in his new home.
"He has been rat-holing free shoes and sweat suits in case he ever retires because he doesn't want to ever have to buy shoes the rest of his life. The sweat suits he's going to order 'em 4X because he knows that that that's the only thing he can fit in as time goes on."

The rest of the stories at the roast will have to be told another day, as according to West Virginia Illustrated, it could not share audio or text of the roast because of the colorful language. Last year's event was so zany that Duquesne coach Ron Everhart apparently suffered a broken toe while roasting Huggins.

It was all for a good cause, of course. The evening raised money for the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Endowment Fund in honor of Huggins' late mother.