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April 5, 2007

Huggins Time

Filed under: Basketball,Big East,Coaches,Conference,Opponent(s) — Chas @ 10:26 pm

Hey, folks. Sorry to be down on such a big day. Lot of stuff in the offline world and who knew this was going to be such a wild day. I just pushed a quickie on AOL for what Huggins going to WVU means for a lot of teams in the Big East. Suffice to say, that beat writers all over the Big East are very happy today.

For Pitt, specifically, this is a very big deal. Beilein was a very good coach, and much to my annoyance, I liked him. He was creative with the talent he had at WVU. Huggins, though, is a villain. There are never enough good villains. He brings a huge nasty edge back to the basketball part of the Backyard Brawl. Let’s face it, a little hate is good in a rivalry.

Then there is the recruiting aspect. As we all know, the Pittsburgh and Western PA AAU teams — the various JOTS teams — are under the control of J.O. Stright. Stright, of course, is a very close friend of Huggins.

The biggest prize in the recruiting aspect is Terrelle Pryor. It’s kind of scary how logical it could look for Pryor at WVU. Consider Pryor’s athletic talents as a QB in the Mountaineer spread offense. Then going over to basketball with Huggins there and Stright encouraging that. Uh, yeah. I’m going to stop thinking about that now.

The move makes a lot of sense for Huggins when you think about how strong his recruiting connections are from Western PA all the way across Indiana. Cinci won’t be happy. And guess what, neither will Xavier and Sean Miller who now has to have Huggins back recruiting against him much more locally.

Next season just got that much more interesting.

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