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Huggins staying as Bearcats' coach

Published Sep. 2, 2005

Bob Huggins' loyalty to Cincinnati won out over his allegiance to his alma mater.

Huggins decided to stay with the Bearcats on Monday, turning down West Virginia's offer to take over as coach.

"It was a very hard decision," Huggins said. "Both schools have been great to me."

Huggins, 48, played for West Virginia from 1975-77 and began his coaching career there as a graduate assistant. He was let go when Gale Catlett left Cincinnati to take the West Virginia job _ which Catlett resigned from last month.

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TEXAS CHRISTIAN: Neil Dougherty, an assistant at Kansas, was hired as coach. Dougherty, who replaces Billy Tubbs, begins after Kansas completes its season in the Final Four this weekend. Tubbs, who resigned, was 156-95 in eight seasons at TCU. The Horned Frogs were 16-15 this season, 4-10 in Conference USA, with one senior on the team.

WASHINGTON: Missouri gave the Huskies permission to talk with Quin Snyder, a native of Mercer Island, Wash., about their vacant coaching job. Gonzaga also gave permission for UW to talk to its coach, Mark Few.

NIT: Dajuan Wagner is the featured attraction in tonight's semifinals, in what could be his only postseason college appearance. The Memphis guard is projected as a possible lottery pick in June's NBA draft. His Tigers face Temple at Madison Square Garden in New York. Syracuse plays South Carolina in the late game.