Former University of Cincinnati Bearcats and current West Virginia University Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins is among eligible candidates for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2021.
It's the fourth consecutive year Huggins has been on the Hall of Fame's ballot.
Following the Hall of Fame's traditional timeline, Finalists from the North American and Women's committee for the Class of 2021 will be announced in the timeframe of NBA All-Star Weekend, which is scheduled for early March. The entire Class of 2021, including those selected by the direct elect committees, will be unveiled in the timeframe of the NCAA Final Four scheduled for early April. Event details are forthcoming, and the announcement timeline is subject to change.
The Class of 2021 Enshrinement ceremony is scheduled to take place in Springfield, Mass., in September 2021. As previously announced, the Class of 2020 Enshrinement ceremony has been rescheduled and relocated due to COVID-19 and is scheduled for May 13-15, 2021 at Mohegan Sun.
Huggins ranks eighth in wins among coaches at Div. I programs with 817. Huggins has 888 career wins including those at Walsh between 1980 and 1983. He's in his 14th season as WVU's head coach.
In 16 seasons at UC, Huggins' record was 399–127. The Bearcats reached the Elite Eight three times under Huggins in the 1990s and the Final Four once (1991-92).
Last month, Huggins thanked former Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman for visiting Morgantown to address Huggins' basketball team.
Huggins' WVU roster includes three players from Greater Cincinnati: Silver Grove's Spencer Macke, Moeller's Miles McBride and Cooper's Sean McNeil.
Huggins said in October that McBride has drawn "calls and interest from people at the next level."
In July, Huggins joined Andy Katz on ncaa.com in breaking down the top players on past teams of Huggins' in 10 different categories, and the list included four former UC players.
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