West Virginia coach Bob Huggins had another opportunity to pocket an extra $25,000 on Monday night. Huggins, in his eighth season at West Virginia, has an incentive in his contract for any regular-season victory over Kansas. The provision was put in place in late 2012, when Huggins signed a contract extension.
The contract states, according to the Charleston Daily Mail, that Huggins will earn a $25,000 bonus for “any victory over the University of Kansas during the regular season.”
Huggins cashed in again after West Virginia’s 62-61 victory.
Incentives for conference championships, NCAA Tournament appearances and Final Fours are not rare in the college basketball. But a bonus for a victory over a specific program is somewhat uncommon.
“I think the world of Bob Huggins and consider him a good friend,” Kansas coach Bill Self said last year, in an interview with the Daily Mail. “I’m going to do everything I can to keep money out of his pocket, and if I don’t, I know who’s buying dinner.”
Huggins earned $25,000 last season, thanks to a home victory over Kansas in the final week of the conference season.
Key play: Kansas’ Frank Mason drilled a long three-pointer in the final minute that helped trim West Virginia’s halftime lead to 33-30.
Key stat: KU had nine turnovers.
Key play: West Virginia senior guard Juwan Staten hit a driving layup with four seconds left, lifting the Mountaineers to the 62-61 victory.
Key stat: West Virginia had 22 offensive rebounds.
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