West Virginia extends Bob Huggins’ contract, plans for future

West Virginia extended the contract of basketball coach Bob Huggins through the 2023-24 season, including the option to remain as head coach or move into another role after thatHuggins will earn $4.15 million for each season he coaches.Under the agreement, Huggins will have emeritus status at the university when he leaves the bench and will transition into primarily public relations and development roles within the athletic department. Once he leaves coaching, he will be paid $50,000 annually, plus any deferred compensation he is owed.Huggins is eligible to move into the emeritus role at the conclusion of the 2023-24 season or defer the title, pending mutual agreement with the athletic director. The two sides will review his status on May 1, 2023, and make the decision on his future then.Should he remain the coach then, his status will be reviewed each May 1 until the agreement expires June 30, 2027.Huggins, who turns 68 next month, is entering his 15th season as head coach of West Virginia. A native of the state, he was the Mountaineers’ point guard from 1975-77.”I certainly appreciate the opportunity that I’ve been given to represent this great University and state that I love so much,” Huggins said in a school news release. “As I’ve said before, I am blessed to coach at my alma mater — the place that all West Virginians love. I’m truly blessed.”