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Jerry West to Join Huggins for Fish Fry

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A West Virginia legend will be in Morgantown to help usher in the first season of Big 12 play for the Mountaineer football team.

On Saturday, head basketball coach Bob Huggins announced on his Twitter account that Jerry West will join him at his second annual Bob Huggins Fish Fry the night before WVU's season opener against Marshall.

Set for Friday, Aug. 31, the Bob Huggins Fish Fry raises money for the Remember the Miners scholarship program as well as the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund.

Last year's event featured a tribute to the Final Four team of the 2009-10 season, a number of games, live performances, silent auctions and, of course, a fish fry.

Former Marshall wide receiver and West Virginia native Randy Moss was on hand as the top-billed celebrity for the inaugural event.

Jason Parsons, president of Remember the Miners, said in June that his organization hopes to reach over $100,000 of money given to the Norma Mae Huggins Fund with the profits from the Fish Fry.

A year ago, individual tickets cost $100 while tables went for $1,000. There is no official word of the cost for the second year, but representatives of Remember the Miners anticipate the same as year one.

The announcement of West's appearance at the event will undoubtedly draw great interest from WVU fans and basketball fans in general. The former Mountaineer leads the program in career points and rebounds and helped guide West Virginia to the 1959 national championship game in his final season with the team.

He went on to star for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers as a player before working as a coach and an executive with the organization.

His No. 44 jersey was the first to be retired from West Virginia basketball and is similarly retired with the Lakers.

West was a 14-time all-star and a member of the NBA 50th Anniversary Team. 

A Chelyan native, West has statues with his likeness outside both the WVU Coliseum and the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

When more details are available for the second annual Bob Huggins Fish Fry, they will be made available right here at wvillustrated.com.

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