One of Huggins' most stressed points was money and how coaching isn't a profession that should be entered for that reason alone.
That led to an interesting admission from the coach where he revealed he made $1,100 in his first year as an assistant at West Virginia and was able to "negotiate" his way to $13,000 per year to be the basketball coach and teach nine hours of physical education at his first head-coaching gig at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio.
Needless to say, Huggins is doing quite better financially these days even after turning down $6 million per year to be the coach of the Miami Heat during his years at Cincinnati, another story that got told on Wednesday.
"I think you are more apt to fail if your motivation is money," Huggins said. "If you get involved in something you have tremendous passion for and have a great will to continue to get better and make everything around you better, I think probably in the end you're going to make more money and more importantly you're going to be happy with your life and more fulfilled at the end of the day."
While Huggins' purpose wasn't to talk much current basketball, his Mountaineers will officially begin practice on Monday and there is an influx of new faces to get acquainted to the program and the coach's way of doing things in a short amount of time.
Fans and the coach are hoping the new blood can help improve on last season's 13-19 effort, but Huggins was making no predictions on Wednesday.
"It's kind of hard to tell," Huggins said. "We get two hours a week so we've just been trying to do some basic fundamental things and get a lot of shooting in. Ask me in a couple of weeks, I'll probably have a better idea."
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