I don't know Bobby Huggins. I consider myself a casual fan. I never really had much opinion about Huggins but now I don't know how you couldn't. I've always maintained that college coaches don't go out on the field or floor enough when there's a seriously injured player. This was heartwarming.
Last night, during the national semifinal, Da'Sean Butler went down with an obvious knee injury. He lay on the floor despondent and unconsolable. I don't know that I ever expected what happened next. Bob Huggins can out on the floor and tried to console him. He was down on the floor calming the wounded star. He embraced him and spent about a minute or so having the most public of private moments. When he rose, Bob Huggins was clearly teary-eyed. Later in the game "Huggy Bear" gave his seniors their moment and took them out. He hugged them obviously proud of their hard work.
As parents, we allow our child to play for this person and implicit in that contract is the idea that they will act as a surrogate parent. I often measure my like or dislike of a college coach based on whether I would want my kid to play for that coach. Shifty-eyed guys like Jim Calhoun who only care about winning and their own legacy? No. Bob Huggins impressed me with his caring and the tears he showed when he got up. My kid can play for him any time. Color me extremely impressed.
There's guys who "get it" and guys who don't. I think Huggy Bear gets it. He's a credit to his school. Mark me down as officially "a fan".