By Josh Kramer
Bob Huggins is known for three things by the American public. Winning, toughness, and of course drinking. Huggins established himself as one of the elite coaches in America during his sixteen year tenure in Cincinnati. During that time, Huggins won an astounding 399 games (average of 25 a year), went to three Elite Eights, and of course earned UC their first trip to the Final Four in nearly 30 years. In addition, Huggins lived and breathed toughness. This was reflected in how his players approached every game.
Many in Cincinnati grew to love the man often referred to as “Huggy Bear.” They loved his very casual dress, his temper-tantrums, and of course the fact that he won. And not only did the fans worship Huggins, but so did his players. Bob Huggins may not be the best X’s and O’s guy. He also may not be the best recruiter in the country. But I can safely say that Bob Huggins is the best coach in America at getting the optimum effort level out of his players on a nightly basis. There will never be questions about effort and backbone when talking about a player on a Bob Huggins team. Huggins developed players to fit his system. A good few of these guys are commonly referred to as “Huggins Guys.” I am talking about players like Kenyon Martin, Jason Maxiel, Eric Hicks, and I could go on in terms of Cincinnati. From a West Virginia standpoint, I am referring to guys like Joe Alexander, Da’Sean Butler, and this list will continue to grow in time.
The following are the characteristics of a “Huggins Guy.” Continue reading