College Basketball Nation: Tom O'Brien

3-point shot: Huggins, Butler reunited

August, 20, 2012
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1. One of the most iconic images from Bob Huggins' tenure at West Virginia so far was him comforting Da'Sean Butler on the court in the Final Four against Duke in Indianapolis in 2010 after Butler suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Huggins and Butler shared a special bond. Butler got Huggs and Huggs was incredibly loyal to his star forward. Now the two are reunited again. Butler is recovering from his third knee surgery and can't play professionally this season -- so Huggins has added him to the Mountaineers staff as a graduate assistant. I'm not sure there has been a player that has understood playing for Huggins as much as Butler since the early Cincinnati teams in the 1990s. Butler will be a tremendous asset for a young West Virginia team that is transitioning into the Big 12. Huggins' staffs have traditionally been older and experienced in the sport. Having Butler join the crew, even if it's just for one season, will give the Mountaineers a jolt of youthful energy.

2. Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo announced his retirement over the weekend, effective at the end of September. DeFilippo's legacy will be getting the Eagles into the ACC. Big East members will always debate the manner in which this occurred. There are other critics who don't believe BC belongs or is a fit in the ACC. But BC had to get in as a mode of survival. But let's not sugarcoat DeFilippo's tenure, either. He completely mismanaged his football coaches (Tom O'Brien would have stayed, and Jeff Jagodzinski was merely looking at an NFL job) and completely botched Al Skinner's firing. Skinner is still BC's all-time winningest coach and has been out of work in large part because of the way DeFilippo handled the firing. The ACC is the legacy but the personnel matters still have a stinging effect on those directly affected and the programs in which they served.

3. Keith Clanton's decision to stay at Central Florida despite a postseason ban should be celebrated. Clanton actually liked being at UCF and playing in front of his family and friends. He didn't need to leave for a postseason berth. There was never a guarantee the Knights would ever be in contention for one anyway. The Knights won't be as competitive without C.J. Reed and Marcus Jordan, but now have their go-to player inside returning. Still, this is more about a player that didn't have to leave just to leave. He will actually finish his college career where he started. It's a novel concept and one that shouldn't be so rare.

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