CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- No ice cream, but scoops aplenty as we near summer (yes, it's still a week away) in the Mountain State:
All, I think, can agree the parking situation at the facility can be improved. (The place is almost screaming for a parking garage.)
Huggins mentioned his desire to see suites placed in the Coliseum's inner concourse. ("Why do we need two ways to walk around the Coliseum?" he asked. "Isn't the outer concourse enough? Have you ever seen people walking an inner and outer concourse at any other arena?" Answer: no.)
Then he brought up a very intriguing idea.
"What we need," Huggins said, "is a restaurant overtop the Blue gate."
That gets the wheels turning, eh? Cincinnati's Fifth Third Arena, where Huggins made his name, has a restaurant and lounge area overlooking the court.
"People can get there early, have dinner and stop in afterward," Huggins said. "It would be a big-time business tool. You'd have a captive audience for hours. It's better than getting in a golf cart."
How would it work?
"The university could own it or farm it out," Huggins said. "It could bid it out, like we did [beer licensing] with Sodexo."
"He was hurt for a while [playing in the early 1980s at Virginia Tech]," Huggins said. "And everybody wants a West Virginian on the team who can shoot."
He refused, however, to comment specifically on the team's scholarship plans, other than to say the Mountaineers "need somebody who can help us at point [guard]."
Behind the scenes, though, this is exactly what's going on. About a month ago I reported the team was after Dunbar High standout Daxter Miles of Baltimore and Shadell Millinghaus of Believe Prep in Rock Hill, S.C.
Miles publicly committed to WVU but, as our Dave Hickman has reported, has only an outside shot of qualifying. Millinghaus, meanwhile, was in the same boat but committed to Southern Mississippi. (There are whispers he heard about the Miles-WVU connection.)
Anyway, two more guards have now appeared on the Mountaineers' radar screen. One is former Rutgers player Jerome Seagears, who reportedly has changed his mind about transferring to Auburn.
According to an Associated Press article, Seagears told Auburn coach Tony Barbee he wanted to be closer to his family in Silver Spring, Md. Auburn was planning to petition the NCAA in order for Seagears to be immediately eligible. He averaged 6.5 points and 2.6 assists last year at Rutgers.
The other guard to emerge on the screen is Andre Anthony, a one-year prospect from the Community College of Beaver County in Pennsylvania. The junior college player has three semesters of eligibility left but probably would play just one season. He averaged 21.7 points for the NJCCA Division II Titans last season and hit 46.8 percent of his 3-point shots.
"I'm here eating one of Hugs' famous bologna, cheese and egg sandwiches," Ruoff said by phone. "It's amazing."