"I can't run a set after a timeout. It's inexcusable. It's totally inexcusable when they have the resources they have."
He spoke of passing versus throwing. He spoke of holding the ball over heads. He spoke of a lack of individual improvement.
But the story is WVU's overall program standing.
"I'm not going to lie to you; I never saw it coming," Huggins said. "I've always taken pride in the fact that I can get guys to play hard and I can get guys to compete. People didn't like playing against us because we played so hard and competed so hard. We tried to rebound the ball every time, you know? We did the right things.
"For some reason I haven't been able to reach these kids, which is my fault. I should've found a way to reach them."
Yes, he said, WVU's play is embarrassing.
"I've been embarrassed since the first game," Huggins said. "You go back and look. I don't get beat like that. My guys played so hard and competed so hard we never, ever got beat like that. Ever."
He said the players don't seem bothered. But back to him.
"It's not about me," Huggins said. "I knew when I came back how much it meant. Growing up here, watching Rod Thorn playing, then coming back here and playing, I knew how much it meant. But it's not about me."
We've seen his frustration before and it surfaced again.
"I don't have the answers, man," Huggins said. "I'd like to. I'd like to think I do. I thought I did."
What looms, however, isn't the fate of this team. It's burnt toast. What looms is the future of the team. Huggins has big men signed for next season. He does not have incoming shooters, unless you count Morgantown High's Nathan Adrian. And if we saw no improvement in young players this season, why would one expect anything marked next season?
So I asked the coach. I asked how concerned he is for the program's immediate future considering what he's seen this season.
"I'll fix it, Mitch," he replied. "I'll fix it."
And he's always been a man of his word.
But turning around this team next season might just be a Mission Impossible.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.