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11/30/2006 02:24:00 PM
Colon Blow, The Rooster, And An Instant Huggins Classic
Seriously, I doubt I could fabricate a post this hilarious (in a sad, sad way). Thanks go out to Bob Huggins and Kansas State for the following trifecta from Wednesday night:
1. Freshman forward Luis Colon punches Cal's Taylor Harrison late in the second half, and is ejected.
2. In Colon's place, Huggins inserts a guy with an absurd rooster-mohawk. The sub just happens to be Ryan Patzwald, a walk-on who left the Cincinnati team in 2005-06 ... after being arrested on suspicion of DUI. Enjoy the YouTube!
3. After the game -- a 74-48 loss on the road -- Huggins tells one of the NBA scouts in attendance, "You need to get me some players or I'm gonna have another heart attack." Kudos to the K.C. Star's Howard Richman for getting the quote. What a priceless ending.
Huggins is one of the classiest coaches in college basketball. I recently read that he's had about as many players arrested as he has graduate. What's the big deal? We'll just get KSU to put stripes on their uniforms.
Here is a little "bet you didn't know about thuggins" -------------------- He has never beat a higher seed in the NCAA tournament. WOW! Great coach? He won't beat up on the Big XII like he did the CUSA.
He will turn KSU into the next Thug U. Great hire, and an even better rep for the university.
The only drawback to having a prison-warden of a coach such as Huggins is that it reflects poorly on the Big 12....in a somewhat respectable conference (with a few other exceptions). There is also the quote that "A cemetary has graduated more people than Huggins." Probably could not be more appropriate.
Wow you guys are idiots. Do you realize Huggins has basically recruited K-State the #1 recruiting class IN THE COUNTRY. Yes thats rights in the country. He out recruited Duke, UNC, UConn... all of them. And you think he can't beat people in the Big 12. Give me a break.
Nvexel, I'm surprised by your intelligent remark you must be proud of KSU's play thus far. Why do we need our names on here anyway? Like your cool for putting your screen name on here, yeah we know who you are now! By the way, always proof read your work! Actually if you read your post like I did, you kind of sound like a Pirate! AARRGGGGHHHH!
awww, don't get upset with anonymity. people wouldn't post without it. and on the huggins issue....it's hard to take your arguement as any shred of truth when you see the players that have come out of cincinnati, and now, the outstanding moral composition of his current kansas state squad......the epitome of class.
I wonder if any of you idiots have ever met Bob Huggins or know him as a person. He graduated over 50% of the players who came through Cincinnati. Not perfect but far from the 0% that idiots profess in the media. Additionally, the player (Colon) is a freshman who stupidly lost his cool. Why does this negatively reflect on Huggins? I guess no other coach has ever had a player get a T or hit someone on the court. As someone who actually knows the man from his years at Cincinnati, it is utterly amazing how a few negative incidences have been distorted and exaggerated to the point where people assume he is the second coming of Hitler and all of his players are thugs. We have over 30 former Huggins' players living here in Cincinnati, working and contributing to the community, all better people for having played for Huggins. Guess what? They also have degrees. Funny how nobody takes the time or effort to write about that.
"a few negative incidences have been distorted and exaggerated"
Are you serious? The man was arrested for DUI! And, unless the media and/or police made this up, he vomited all over the inside of his car. This isn't some 18 year old kid we're talking about here; this is a 50 year old man, in charge of a college basketball team. High profile, don't you think?
I'd hardly want a person like him coaching my alma mater.
What you dimwits don't know about Huggins is the number of lives he has turned around. And yes, I know something of it firsthand. You don't hear about the ex-players he has who are living solid, productive lives thanks to his help, because he doesn't brag about that, and because doofuses like you would rather focus on the handful of problem players he has had over the many years of his career.
The one thing Huggins has always been bad at is self-promotion. Because he genuinely doesn't give a damn about what people think of him, other than his family, his players, and his employer. And his players, one and all, have nothing but great things to say about him as a coach and a mentor. He may not be smooth or stylish, but he is extremely successful, especially considering where he has coached and what he has had to work with.
This comes from Monica Rimai, General Council for the University of Cincinnati, in a letter to Huggins' lawyer:
"...If the past is indeed prologue, Mr. Huggins' actual track record of behavior belies an ability to deliver on his purported commitment." "For example, the information you have shared with me states that over the course of his career at UC, 27 of his players....have eventually graduated from UC or another University. It is important, however, that we put that number into context. While coaching at UC, 95 students have either played for or been recruited by Mr. Huggins. Thus, according to your data, less than 30 percent of your client's players have graduated or gone on to success in the NBA. Moreover, twenty-seven graduates over sixteen years averages out to less than two per year, a rather unimpressive number given that first and foremost, UC is in the business of educating and graduating its students." "In fact, according to [the] NCAA...since the 1990 recruiting class the overall graduation rate for UC basketball players is 20 percent, the lowest graduation rate of all athletic teams at UC. In four of nine reporting years, the graduation rate was zero." "Moreover, by the end of this past Spring quarter the basketball team had posted the lowest average GPA of any other team in the athletic department. Of the players on that team, one student had a 0.0 gpa during the spring quarter, another would have, but for two incompletes, and two other students withdrew altogether...these 27 [graduates] are the exception not the rule for hte basketball program during the last 16 years." "In addition, Mr. Huggins continues to recruit individuals that exhibit a disregard for the law and respectful behavior....For UC basketball recruit (sic) classes between 1990 and 2006, 21 of Mr. Huggins players have had significant encounters with law enforcement, most of those consisting of arrests, with many ending in convictions. This disturbing pattern continues right up to the present as three of Mr. Huggins' recruits or players have had very serious charges brought against them during the past year. Mr. Huggins' own behavior over the course of the last sixteen years, both on and off the court, demonstrates an inability to consistently model disciplined and professional conduct." "In short, although Mr. Huggins' may claim some specific successes, the University is seeking an environment and climate where the development of the whole student is sought and the successful education of all our students is realized. And while some may argue that academically challenged individuals who experience difficulty conforming their behavior to appropriate norms deserve a chance at success that a winning collegiate basketball team can provide, UC believes that it can better advance its mission by building a winning program around scholar-athletes who earn degrees that will allow them to succeed not only in athletics but more importantly in life generally."