Who Fired Larry Harrison and Why?

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The announcement final Thursday from the WVU Athletic Department that it was “parting ways” with long-time basketball affiliate head coach Larry Harrison was a shocker. Harrison and head coach Bob Huggins had been collectively because the Cincinnati days, 24 seasons in all.

Harrison had turn out to be integral to the Huggins’ workers. He made key selections on who performed and who didn’t, and made the all-important in-game substitutions, not less than till just lately.

Greg Hunter from the Blue-Gold News reported on MetroNews Sportsline final Thursday evening that it had turn out to be obvious simply within the final couple of video games that Harrison was not making the substitutions.

The WVU launch about Harrison’s departure was painfully generic: “parted ways,” “thanks Larry for his years of service,” “replacement search will begin immediately.”

That’s it?

There is not any suggestion that Harrison was fired for trigger, not a whisper that he did something unsuitable. Mountaineer Nation was left questioning. Fans dedicate time and cash to this system, and an oddly timed firing of a veteran coach requires extra of an evidence.

Thursday evening on Huggins’ coach’s present, host Tony Caridi requested Huggins concerning the firing. “I don’t really have a lot to say about it,” Huggins mumbled. “I wasn’t involved as I’m portrayed to be.” [emphasis added]

Wait a minute… have been followers to imagine that Bob Huggins, the Hall of Fame coach, the undisputed chief of the Mountaineer basketball program, probably the most highly effective individual within the WVU Athletic Department, “wasn’t involved” in Harrison’s firing?

That assertion strained credulity. If Huggins didn’t need Harrison out, then who did? Did Athletic Director Wren Baker, after a number of weeks on the job, storm over to Huggins’ workplace and command him to do away with Harrison? Not probably.

It needed to be Huggins who determined it was time to do away with Harrison, and frankly, that’s his choice. Huggins makes $4.2 million a yr to make robust calls. Just personal it as a substitute of implying that another person made the choice.

Huggins’ obfuscation couldn’t have sat nicely with Baker or the highest brass at Stewart Hall. That is perhaps why Huggins’ tone modified (barely) by the point his usually scheduled press convention rolled round Friday.

“The decision to make the change in the basketball staff was a difficult one. Larry and I have worked together for 24 years and shared many great moments. The decision was made in the best interest of Mountaineer basketball,” learn Huggins from a ready assertion, and then refused to take any questions.

Okay, that not less than approaches accountability, however then no questions? The Mountaineer basketball program has slipped badly, with a convention report of 4-19 relationship again to final season, and now a high assistant is fired mid-season.

Yes, the pinnacle coach must be keen to take questions on canning Harrison. The solutions might need supplied some extra perception into what’s gone unsuitable within the Mountaineer basketball program.


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