Of course, Huggins had hoped to have that problem addressed. Not that it would have made a difference, but when Huggins sent Murray on his way he thought he had Jonathan Holton and Elijah Macon, in addition to his other frontcourt newcomers.
Neither, though, is eligible to play.
"If we got those two guys eligible,'' Huggins said, "that would help tremendously.''
And finally, I have to laugh sometimes at the utter disconnect that exists within at least a small but vocal segment of West Virginia's fan base.
It's primarily the faction that just hates everything that has happened at West Virginia in the past three years, from Oliver Luck to Dana Holgorsen to beer sales and basketball reseating and exorbitant contracts and, of course, the dreaded move to the Big 12.
It's that last part that's so silly. They cry about Luck moving the school from the comfortable Big East to its new digs in the Midwest and insist that had he only waited the ACC would have come begging, which is the pipe dream of all pipe dreams. Some now complain that WVU will forever be also-rans in the Big 12 - particularly where football is concerned - be it because of distance or finances or merely because Oklahoma and Texas and Baylor and their like aren't Connecticut and Pitt and Louisville and their like.
And yet many of those same people who complain that West Virginia is in over its head in the Big 12 also want to get rid of the football coach who after two seasons of trying to prove them wrong is struggling to do so.
Listen, if you choose to be on the side that says Holgorsen should be fired because his teams have only gotten worse the last two years, from 10-3 in the last season of the Big East to 7-6 and 4-8 in the Big 12, fine. And if you choose to believe that West Virginia will never be more than an also-ran in that league, that's fine too. In either case, you're entitled to that opinion.
You cannot, however, be a member of both groups and insist that Holgorsen should be fired for not competing in a league that you insist WVU cannot compete in. Pick one or the other because, if not, you're just arguing with yourself.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.