BGN Video: Huggs Addresses State of Program

BGN Video: Huggs Addresses State of Program

One day after WVU guard Terry Henderson asked to be released from the West Virginia basketball program, Mountaineer head coach Bob Huggins addressed members of the media.

During his press conference, Huggins addressed the state of the program and cleared up confusion about the number of players his program has lost since the Mountaineers went to the Final Four in 2010.

According to the veteran head coach, West Virginia has signed a total of 23 players since then. Of those 23, Huggins said 12 left the program or failed to play a game for the Mountaineers - with a handful of players leaving due to medical conditions or a family member's medical problems.

"I can't do anything about that stuff," Huggins said. "I don't mind taking blame, but blame me for things I can control. When you look at those numbers, it's not nearly as alarming as what has been portrayed."

Eron Harris and Terry Henderson are the two most recent players to leave the Mountaineer program due to transfer, while Huggins said that forward Remi Dibo told assistant coaches that he wanted to go back to France to play professionally in his home country.

They join a list of players who have transferred out of the program that includes Keaton Miles, Jabarie Hinds, Tommie McCune and Aaron Brown. Pat Forsythe transferred to Akron to be closer to his blind father, Aaric Murray graduated from WVU before transferring to Texas Southern. Dibo is the first in the group to leave to play professionally.

But, as Huggins made clear during the press conference, it isn't a problem that is only found at WVU. There have been close to 500 players announce they will transfer elsewhere already, including 13 players who played at Big 12 Conference schools.

Of the Big 12's 10 schools, six of them (including West Virginia) have lost at least two players to the transfer market.

"We're going to try to fix the perceived problems and we'll do the best we possibly can," Huggins said. "Can I sit here and tell you I have it figured out? If I did, there'd be 364 other Division I coaches lined up outside my door saying, 'How do you do it?'

"It's happening everywhere."

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