Probably the most interesting quote from John Feinstein’s recent story on Bob Huggins in the Washington Post comes at the very end. Huggins, who essentially will coach at WVU until he no longer wants to, talked about what might lead him to finally call it a day.
“I’ve always said my dream is to bring a national championship to West Virginia,” he said. “Then I’d take the trophy, we’d put it on a bus and we’d go to every town in the state. We’d have [West Virginia play-by-play man] Tony Caridi on every radio station saying, ‘Smithers, come on out, the trophy’s arriving in 15 minutes.’ We’d have everyone touch it, hold it, take a picture with it.”
He paused. “Then,” he added, “I think I’d be done. There’d be nothing left to do.”
Disregard the retirement mention for a second. Does Huggins’ plan for the national championship trophy surprise anyone? His love for the state is evident, and to take it on a statewide tour like the Stanley Cup is a perfect way for WVU fans, as Caridi will say, “from Weirton to Welch, Martinsburg to Matewan and all points in between” to celebrate that championship. It would also be a heck of a way to ride off into the sunset.
Now, the Mountaineers will have to work to snap their current two-game skid, but chances are WVU will earn a high NCAA tournament seed and start their quest just an hour or so up the road in Pittsburgh (Joe Lunardi has the Mountaineers as a No. 3 seed starting in the Steel City.) It’s as good a place as any to make a run.