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Huggins In No Rush To Fill Coaching Vacancy


West Virginia University men's basketball coach Bob Huggins has a vacancy on his coaching staff. Assistant coach Jerrod Calhoun left WVU to take over as Head Coach at Fairmont State, which left the first coaching vacancy on Huggins staff since he took over at WVU five years ago.

There have been plenty of rumors regarding Calhoun's replacement. Sources say rumors including Nick Van Exel and Darris Nichols joining the staff are not true and will not happen.

Van Exel played for Huggins at Cincinnati and followed that up with a 13-year NBA career. He is currently an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks.

Nichols was a very talented point guard at WVU. He recorded 399 assists in his college career. He is currently an assistant coach at Northern Kentucky University.

Huggins has no pressing need to name a replacement quickly and said he is in no rush to fill the vacancy.

"I'm not in a huge hurry right now," Huggins said. "We've got two commitments, verbals, so we are just kind of waiting."

Huggins is no stranger to vacancies on his staff. He knows the procedures and the steps that need to be taken. Since there are no pressing needs in recruiting at the moment, Huggins can take his time and get the right guy on staff.

"I've been doing this a long, long time," Huggins smiled. "We're going to stay within the family and we're going to stay within guys that we trust, guys that are West Virginia people, guys that when they wear West Virginia on their chest, take great pride in it. I think that is important."

Huggins initially filled his staff with Cincinnati ties. Erik Martin played for him prior to beginning a career in coaching. Larry Harrison was an assistant with Huggins at Cincinnati. Both men have formed clear commitments and allegiance to West Virginia since arriving in Morgantown five years ago.

"People will say you got Larry Harrison who was with you at Cincinnati, but who has represented West Virginia or worn the flying WV with more pride than Larry Harrison has?" Huggins asked. "That's because of the commitment we have to doing the right thing and doing the best we can possibly do."

So don't expect to see a new face on the coaching staff anytime soon. Huggins sounds firm in his commitment to take his time.

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