Wow, that was fast. Perhaps I didn’t see this coming with the start of the baseball season and the WNBA draft and all, but did anyone else figure John Beilein’s hiring at Michigan would portend this bold move on the part of the Mountaineers? From The Intelligencer’s Don Clegg.
Kansas State head coach Bob Huggins (above) has accepted an offer to replace John Beilein as head men™s basketball coach at West Virginia University.
A source close to the WVU athletic department told The Intelligencer and the Wheeling News-Register Thursday that it was œa done deal, adding that a press conference will be held Friday afternoon to formally introduce Huggins as the Mountaineers™ 21st head basketball coach.
Financial terms were not revealed.
Huggins has five years remaining on his contract at Kansas State where he is being paid $800,000 annually. His salary goes up to $900,000 in 2009-10 and reaches $1 million in 2010-11.
He is also scheduled to receive a $1 million annuity if he serves out the five-year contract. There is a $100,000 buyout if he leaves before completing the contract.
A group of worried Kansas State fans tried to put together a support rally for Huggins at the Wildcats™ Bramlage Coliseum Wednesday night but Huggins reportedly asked them to cancel it and did not attend.
Hugggins is turning his back on a very promising situation at Kansas State.
He led the Wildcats to a 23-12 record and an NIT berth in his only season at the school this winter and has signed what is thought by many to be the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation.
It™s unclear whether some ” or any ” of his recruits would follow him to Morgantown.