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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Bob Huggins Reportedly Lines Up Memphis and Ole Miss to Play West Virginia

Huggins lines up Memphis and Ole Miss

By Mitch Vingle
Sports Editor

Word has been leaking of late that West Virginia and Mississippi will play a home-and-home men’s basketball series in the two seasons following this one.
“We’re going to do it,” WVU coach Bob Huggins said Thursday.

Huggins the schedule maker, however, is not done.

“We’re looking at a bunch of schools,” he said. “We’ll play Memphis in the future.”

Huggins said he’s been close to Memphis coach John Calipari “for a long time’’ and that a series will be in place soon.

Which will lead to a blockbuster home game for the Mountaineers. Calipari’s team has long been the king of Conference USA and enters this season ranked No. 3 in the coaches’ poll.

Huggins, by the way, said he and Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy put that series together over the phone. The first game will be played in Oxford, Miss., in the 2008-09 season and the second in Morgantown the following season.

Kennedy, you may remember, replaced Huggins at Cincinnati on an interim basis and did such a fine job he was pushed to get the job on a permanent basis. When that didn’t happen (see UC president Nancy Zimpher), Kennedy landed at Ole Miss.

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