By: Ashley Conley
During WVU’s home matchup with Texas Monday night, legendary coach Bob Huggins experienced an on-court health scare and collapsed to his knees while grasping his chest during a timeout with under 30 seconds remaining in the first half.
The WVU Coliseum instantly went silent as fans in attendance held their breath, unsure of what was happening. Moments later, Huggins arose back to his feet with the help of his players and assistant coaches, made his way over to the sideline, took a seat on his signature stool and gave the okay signal. He was ready to continue coaching.
Fans instantly filled Twitter with worry and prayers for their beloved coach, who recently clinched career win number 800 in his 35th year as a head coach. 10 of those have been spent at WVU.
That moment made me understand what Bob Huggins means to me as a West Virginian. The man is the heart of this state.
— Jamie Truman (@jamie_truman) February 21, 2017
— Shawn Fluharty (@WVUFLU) February 21, 2017
My heart stopped when I saw Huggs on the court. Health is scary stuff. I hope he is okay and gets checked out. #WVU
— Bryan D (@bryandwvu) February 21, 2017
I respect Huggs already, but he just went into another dimension in my book…dude just coached through a possible mild heart attack…
— Julian Miller (@JmillzHot97) February 21, 2017
Huggy just scared the hell out of the entire state of West Virginia. That man is a treasure. Please be ok. 💙💛💙 #wvu
— lilrunner (@lilrunner) February 21, 2017
According to Huggins, his defibrillator gave him a brief shock and he experienced light-headedness due to the medications he takes for his heart. During halftime, his personal doctor checked him out and cleared him to continue coaching.
So that’s exactly what he did.
— Greg Bailey (@GregBailey13) February 21, 2017
The Mountaineers went on to defeat the Longhorns 77-62 behind a career-best performance from r-freshman Lamont West (23 points, 6-of-8 from three) and a double-double from junior Jevon Carter (24 points, 10 rebounds).
Best wishes to @CoachHuggs & glad he’s feeling better. Seeing his WVU players rally around him tells you all you need to know.
— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) February 21, 2017
After last night, no one should ever doubt Huggins’ dedication and love for the game of basketball – especially West Virginia basketball.
Cover Image: Jamie Sabau/GETTY Images
Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy.