MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - If nothing else, Bob Huggins no longer has to answer the questions that have made him bristle lately.
West Virginia University announced Thursday the NCAA has denied a waiver to make junior college transfer Jonathan Holton eligible to play this season.
The Mountaineers had become encouraged in the past week the NCAA would approve Holton to play, if not in time for last week's game at TCU, then for Saturday's home game against No. 11 Oklahoma State.
"I know Jonathan is disappointed by not being able to compete this season, but he has had a terrific attitude in practice and will use this redshirt season to work on his game and become a better basketball player," Huggins said.
As the early part of the season progressed and the Mountaineers approached Big 12 play and the start of the second semester, Huggins was asked again and again about Holton, including before the Dec. 22 home game against Purdue. Huggins told reporters to take the issue up with the NCAA.
"Why don't you guys just call?" he said. "That hasn't been a problem in the past. Why don't you guys just call and find out?"
It's another setback for Holton, who made the all-rookie team in the Atlantic 10 two years ago before he was expelled after being arrested and charged with two counts of felony voyeurism.
Holton played last season at Palm Beach State (Fla.) College and led all junior college players with 14.1 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Holton averaged 17.5 points and shot 39.6 percent from 3-point range for a team that was ranked as high as No. 2 and finished with a 29-3 record.