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Huggins Makes Final Four in Charity Challenge


West Virginia fans helped accomplish something quite extraordinary Monday, but the work is far from over.

Voting for the first round of the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge has been going on for well over a month now, and Bob Huggins has been neck and neck with Kentucky coach John Calipari throughout the entire process.

Voting ended Monday at noon, and throughout the morning there were signs that each one had taken the lead at various times despite the fact that they were in a dead heat in terms of percentage of the votes.

Huggins tweeted feverishly to get his fan base to continue voting and in the end, the work paid off.

The Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund made it beyond the initial round of voting and into the Final Four, which will remain open until March 8th.

"Mountaineer fans are the greatest," says Huggins. "But I want them to realize that this event isn't a popularity contest. When they vote for me, they'll be voting to find new and better treatments for cancer and bringing hope to those afflicted with the disease."

Huggins, who represents the East Region, now faces BYU's Dave Rose from the West, Missouri's Frank Haith from the South and Ohio State coach Thad Matta in the Midwest.

Surely each coach has a reason for having chosen his respective charity to focus his efforts on in this challenge, but for Huggins, it may mean just a little more due to the fact that his mother's name is on the fund and the work it accomplishes is done right here in his home state of West Virginia.

Throughout the past few weeks, Huggins has pointed out how important it is that his charity wins because all of the prize money would stay in the state that WVU fans care for.

Just by entering the competition, Huggins and every other coach is ensured $5,000 toward their charity. Should he win the whole thing, though, the WVU coach will collect $100,000 for cancer research.

Mountaineer fans have always prided themselves on strong showings in various online votes as they show support to some cause or some person associated with West Virginia University.

Some of those contests may have been a bit more trivial, though. This one means so much to the man whose face is pictured on the page and really, it should mean a lot to a number of people involved with each of these charities.

Regardless of who wins, there is a positive outcome to the entire challenge, but now that WVU fans have gotten Huggins past stiff competition in the first round, why not continue to vote to get him the overall win?

You can do so here.

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