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Monday, April 5th, 2010 at 6:00 am  |  29 responses

Bob Huggins Hearts Da’Sean Butler

While it was hardly the worst injury suffered on Saturday night, Da’Sean Butler seriously hurt his knee in West Virginia’s Final Four loss to Duke. Unlike Andrew Bogut’s painful fall, though, the replay of Butler’s injury isn’t disgusting to watch. In fact, not only will the replay not make you queasy, it just may make you shed a tear.

Watch how Bob Huggins reacts. Watch how he consoles Butler. No wonder so many players swear by Huggy. Like Austin Freeman, Georgetown’s top wing player, tweeted: “he been that cool for a long time.”


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  • rob

    first, and wow that is deep

  • Coney Islander

    Very sad.

  • Randy Brown

    Nice move by Huggins, but I don’t know if I’d want my coach inches from my face while I was in agony

  • peter

    It did feel a little romantic how he was stroking his face and their lips were only inches apart…not to belittle the true intentions or anything but if you put some music to that it would have made a good make out scene in a movie

  • freedre

    @peter lol yeah i think the face-stroking was kinda unneeded, but it was a nice move.

  • K Hill

    Will it make the “One Shining Moment” reel? There’s a somber part on that song somewhere right?

  • Fat Lever

    What’s the word on Butler’s knee? I haven’t seen anything about it, how bad it really is, etc. Anyone have any info?

  • Lucas

    Bulter has a torn ACL, strained MCL and two bone bruises.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Damn, that injury looked like it should’ve been the RIGHT knee, the way it collided with Zoubek’s knee.
    Hopefully he comes back strong and makes it to the L.

    But um, on an unrelated note, Coach Huggin’s daughters are pretty hot, if I may say so.

  • TyMo

    Butler tore his friggin’ ACL; Bogut has a broken hand that should heel in about six weeks. Bogut’s injury looked a lot worse, but Butler has the more serious injury. I don’t see how you can say that it wasn’t worse than Bogut’s.

  • riggs

    @TyMo: theres a difference between it being worse to watch and actually being worse. boguts was worse to watch, which was written here…

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Been interesting to see people’s reactions to this. I assume that anyone who has kids didn’t linger on the g@y-love themes — personally, I saw a father comforting a son in a moment of physical and emotional pain. With full acknowledgment of Huggins’ past of not doing anything to see his players actually get their degrees, this seemed pretty real to me.

  • Stillballin

    I feel your pain Da’sean.. Hope u recover 100%.. and have a long basketball career..have faith in god..

  • Evan

    The assertion that Huggs hasn’t done anything to make sure his kids get theri degrees is bogus.

    Stackhouse, Carter and Jamison go back and get their degrees after going to the league is on Sportscenter as a great story. Huggs guys do it and no one says a word because they want to believe a guy who graduated magna cum laude doesn’t care about academics….

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    @ryan: did your dad comfort you like that when you were 22? i’m not on the “funny-business” bandwagon like a lot of others, but it did seem to be a little much.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Do you have any kids, chiqo?

  • Remo Williams

    thats a great move by huggs… and @chiqo, if i was hurting like that, i definitely wouldnt mind my pops coming to my side and comforting me

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yeah, I’m going to have to side with Ryan.
    Honestly, given my disdain for the NCAA I didn’t want to give Huggins too much credit. He may love his players, but they don’t graduate which ultimately cripples them in life.
    However, it was a touching moment. I mean, that’s an old man getting down on his knees on the hard ground. It didn’t feel fake, just felt like a coach realizes his player was in pain in more than just his knee, but probably in his heart as he stared at the end of his season.
    I respect the sentiment.
    But, I can see where all the jokes are coming from as well.

  • M J

    People leaving negative comments about this touching moment are both immature and disgusting. Enough said. Wishing Da’Sean a speedy recovery.

  • Yo

    Uh, Stackhouse Carter and Jamison were Dean Smith’s players, not Huggins’.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    i got a daughter. she’s not 22, nor would i expect to treat her the same as i would a son. but maybe that’s just me. i get huggins being there, ok with him kneeling to talk to him, i’m just of the opinion that he didn’t need to be two inches from his face to do it.

  • GC

    Coach Huggins has literally been in those boys’ faces from the day they met. Have you ever really watched him? When he truly wants a player’s attention, he is in his face, literally nose to nose. Usually yelling, but nose to nose nonetheless. A kid he truly cares about was in physical and emotional agony, and he needed to get Da’Sean’s attention to calm him down. That’s just how he does it. It didn’t surprise any of the players or Da’Sean, and Huggins doesn’t care who is watching. That emotion was as raw and real as the anger or the frustration that he is more known for. He just showed the rest of the world why his players will go to the ends of the earth for him and why West Virginia loves him.

  • DC

    wow this is great
    i feel sorry for da’sean and my heart gos out to him
    and huggins move was perfect and anybody leaving stupid comments needs to go to counseling
    if i was him i would have gone on the mic and said a little something about butler
    he had a great career and should be in the L next year

  • Kevin

    Huggins always takes a bad wrap for graduation rates, but they only know the stats that the media reports and not the real details.

    A lot of his players at UC were JuCo’s or transfers. Many of them graduated a quarter late and counted against the graduation rate. If they graduated on time the school doesn’t get credit for it because they were a transfer. So JuCo/transfers only count negatively against you.

    If you don’t believe me, look it up. It’s a statistic that doesn’t tell the story at all, but it’s convenient for making up a story if you’re the media.

  • http://slamonline.com josh d

    I doubt he’ll be in the L by next season, not because of his talent, but cuz the recovery may be too long. After tearing my ACL, it took about 8 months to get back on the court. Here’s hoping he gets 100% quickly.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    “…we’ll go riding on the horses baby…i’ll pick you up, pick you up…”

  • T-Money

    way to miss the point, guys. who gives a eff that it could ”look” g@y. it’s a grow a– man with his wife and kids in the stands, grow up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Did you listen to the interview with Da’Sean Butler during the national championship game? Thet’s a guy who really respects his coach. He said that his coach was the only one who could calm him down. Drop the g@y jokes and show some respect, that was a real moment right there. Huggins star player had to be carried off the court injured in the last game of his college career…that’s pretty heavy…

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