— RealClearSports (@RealClearSports) February 21, 2017
West Virginia Basketball Coach Bob Huggins gave Mountaineer fans a scare just seconds before the close of the first half in a game against the Texas Longhorns when he fell to his knees during a timeout in Morgantown.
Huggins, who is the third most winning active coach in college basketball, appeared to be grabbing his chest after he fell to his knees on the court with players huddled around him.
Team members immediately began screaming for WVU physicians to come to the coach’s aid, before Huggins eventually stood back to his feet, with the help of his players and sat on a nearby stool as the final seconds of the half unfolded.
Huggins, a Morgantown, West Virginia, native, has a long history of heart problems, suffering from a heart attack in September 2002 while coaching at the University of Cincinnati. Not one to be kept down, the former WVU point guard was back in time for the Bearcats’ first practice two weeks later.
Official #WVU word is that Huggins was “lightheaded.” Huggins himself says his defibrillator gave him a bit of a jolt, but he’s “fine.”
— Chris Anderson (@CMAnderson247) February 21, 2017
Bob Huggins says he felt like he was kicked by a horse.
"Horse, donkey… I've never been kicked by either one."
— Geoff Coyle (@GFCoyle) February 21, 2017
Living up to his “tougher than nails” persona, Coach Huggins was seated in his place on the sidelines at the start of the second half.
Huggins’ squad defeated the Longhorns 77-62.
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