It was being reported far and wide late last night that Kansas State —- a program that has made the NCAA Tournament just twice in the past 15 seasons — has hired former Cincinatti coach Bob Huggins.

The following part of the story may or may not seem curious to you : (from Sports Illustrated)

Huggins could be joined at Kansas State by two top recruits. O.J. Mayo (left), a two-time Associated Press Mr. Basketball in Ohio, said this week he and Bill Walker (left), his teammate at Cincinnati North College Hill, may sign with whoever hires Huggins. Both are juniors.

What does it say about Huggins’ messianic powers that he’s been able to recruit two of the most highly touted players in the country (in Mayo’s case, one regularly heralded as “the next LeBron”) despite being jobless? Would Mayo and Walker have followed Huggins anywhere? Did he have to check with them before accepting the K-State job?