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Bob Huggins Uses Twitter to Fight for Cause


Bob Huggins has never denied his computer illiteracy or his lack of interest in correcting it. The players he coaches like to poke fun at his outdated cell phone and its inability to have video chats or a nice game of Angry Birds.

Aside from a fake account someone made for entertainment purposes, you never would have really expected the Mountaineers head coach to hop on something as trivial as Twitter.

And yet, he did. When there is an opportunity to raise money for a cancer research fund with his mother's name on it, even Huggins may follow a quick tutorial on how to post a status update from his cellular device.

Huggins is one of 48 college basketball coaches involved in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. It's a tournament-style competition where fans vote for their favorite coach's charity and the winner is rewarded with $100,000 for their cause.

WVU fans have been trying to spread the word via Twitter, Facebook and whatever other sort of mass-messaging means they can find so that the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund can take the top prize.

Currently, Huggins is in a tight race to take the East Region crown, and the battle is between him and Kentucky coach John Calipari.

It essentially has turned into the rubber match to the two teams' NCAA tournament meetings the past two seasons in which each has come away with one victory.

Early on, Calipari had a strong advantage over Huggins, and it was his Twitter account. The fact that social media was giving his old friend an edge didn't sit well with Huggins, and he voiced his displeasure.

"I don't do that. I don't tweet, so I have no idea [about Twitter]. John is very much involved in the social media aspect," Huggins said with a laugh back in January.

Well, on Feb. 9, he caved and created an account. His first tweet:

"Finally made it on twitter.. what do I need to know ? #wvu #mountaineernation"

He gained thousands of followers within hours of creating the profile and currently sits at over 7,100. It's a far cry from Calipari's one million-plus, but it's a humble beginning that proved beneficial as he closed the gap in the voting and as of Monday morning held a one percent lead for the East.

"Let's vote. Don't let Cal win," Huggins tweeted from his account. "The great thing about the Infiniti Challenge is if we win the money stays right here at WVU's Cancer Center."

On Feb. 17, Huggins got a big plug from West Virginia native and former NFL standout receiver Randy Moss, who tweeted to his more than 43,000 followers to vote for the WVU coach's cause.

Fans may vote once per day and voting for the regionals ends on Feb. 27. From there, the final four face off until March 8 with the winner announced the following day.

The Mountaineer faithful were likely intrigued by an official account for their head basketball coach, and while he has given them some good material after games against Louisville ("WOW was that a physical press or what") and Pittsburgh ("I hope this isn't the end of the backyard brawl but if it is what a way to end it"), you can bet there is no more important reason to Huggins for having this means of communication than to help fight the disease that took his mother's life and the lives of countless people everyday.

Just by entering in the competition, the research fund is guaranteed $5,000.

If you would like to vote for Huggins' cause, follow this link. Then follow @CoachHuggs and see if he comes up with any gems as the team's regular season winds down the postseason begins.

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