"Though lately he has come to be better appreciated by the media, it's still a long way before they generally understand how gifted and accomplished he is. That's not the whole deal when it comes to the Hall, but what they write and say must influence some of those on the board, or Tark would certainly be in by now.
"Getting a second Final Four certainly helped Bob, but Gene Bartow reached two Final Fours and is universally beloved and hasn't made it. He hasn't really come close.
"I think whether Huggs eventually makes the Hall will depend on how long he continues and what he accomplishes along the way. I know this: I haven't been around many better coaches in any sport, at any level."
Whether Huggs' return to his birthplace and alma mater is considered a rebound or rehab of sorts as well as a success, his graduation rate is stellar at WVU, where the last 20 senior members of the team have graduated on time or early (dating to John Beilein's coaching days in 2005).
Evaluating whether a coach can reach the Hall of Fame has gained a degree of difficulty in recent years, however, as the Naismith Hall has taken on more of an NBA dominance to the detriment of collegiate candidates. The college-centric CBE is a Huggins' lock.
That was a salient point made by veteran Associated Press college basketball editor Jim O'Connell, a U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Famer.
"I think Bob Huggins is one of those college coaches that will have a hard time getting the Naismith Hall," O'Connell opined, "but I'm confident he and coaches like Gene Keady and Rick Barnes and John Calipari will be elected to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City. I was there last week, and it's impressive and it's all college.
"A lot of people are afraid the Naismith is becoming an NBA building, but I think the criteria for college coaches has risen where a national championship is almost a given, along with overall success.
"It's always going to be a good argument but it comes down to 24 (voting) people for Springfield and if 18 of them vote no, you're not in and there are no reasons given. It probably isn't fair on all levels, but it's the way they are going to keep doing it."
The best thing Huggins has going for him in any Hall bid is time.
If the WVU coach stays on the sidelines through the year when he turns age 65 - that would be 2018-19 - and averages 24 victories per year, that puts him at 886 for his career in 37 seasons.
That's Knight, Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp and Coach K territory. It will be Boeheim territory, maybe Calhoun, too ... Naismith Hall of Famers all.
Huggins realistically could get there, but it's up to him and his teams as much as some possibly finicky voters.
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