Sunday, February 24, 2002

Huggins achieved perfection in '72

By Paul Daugherty
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Thirty years ago, the Huggins coaching championship basketball in Ohio was Charlie, and the player who helped win the Class A title was his son, Bob.

        Bob Huggins grew up in the small, eastern Ohio town of Gnadenhutten, where as a senior he helped Indian Valley South to a 26-0 championship season. Basketball wasn't just an escape or a sidelight but a part of everyday life for him.

        He was used to that, being both Charlie Huggins' son and player.

        If Bob wasn't playing for his dad, he was working his basketball camp, learning the ways of the town — and his father. You worked. Hard. You practiced. Hard. And the screaming? Well, you learned to put up with it.

        A lot of Charlie Huggins is in Bob Huggins. But a lot isn't. Both scream. One never swears. One never lets you speak back.

        Both win.

        Bob tried to quit Charlie's team. That didn't work. It's a good thing. Now, Bob is closing in on his 500th victory as a college head coach. He has taken one UC team to the Final Four and hopes to take another.

        This hasn't been a perfect season, but those don't happen often. In 1972, however, it happened in Gnadenhutten.


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