April 4, 2007

Will he stay or go?

As Kansas State basketball coach Bob Huggins drives back to Manhattan, Kan., from Cincinnati today, he will have much weighing on his mind. Not only will Huggins be considering whether or not he should accept West Virginia's overtures to become that school's next head coach, but the ramifications of whatever decision he makes.

According to sources in West Virginia, Huggins has not been formally offered the job at his alma mater, but he is clearly the top candidate on the school's list to succeed John Beilein. Beilein is leaving West Virginia after five seasons to take over at Michigan.

Multiple media reports on Tuesday indicated Huggins met with a group of prominent West Virginia University boosters while on a previously scheduled trip to Cincinnati, where he coached for 16 seasons ending in 2005. Many of Huggins' closest friends go back to his days as a college student in Morgantown, W.Va., some of whom attended K-State games in Manhattan this season.

Other reports indicate Huggins may have met with WVU school officials while in Cincinnati on Tuesday, but as of Tuesday morning West Virginia had not sought permission from Kansas State director of athletics Tim Weiser to speak with Huggins.

Neither Huggins nor Weiser have been available for comment.

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