Compliance boss in the SEC? Men’s hockey coach at Alabama-Huntsville? The University of Hawaii’s travel coordinator? Mike Locksley’s receiver’s coach?
How about a vote for Larry Harrison?
Oh, he’s not going to win. He’s not going to get a lot of sympathy for being the associate head basketball coach at WVU. Yet have you seen him put himself and his fine clothing at risk lately? Harrison is the man who stands before Bob Huggins and holds his boss back when Huggins gets T’d up and would like to give that official a piece of his mind.
That’s not a job a lot of people would like, but it’s a job few others are as fit for as is Harrison. The bond between he and Huggins is strong enough to withstand time and distance.
Harrison, with Huggins on his resume, left him in 2000 to take the head coaching job at Hartford, and so he physically was not with Huggins during the roughest of his times that began in 2002 with a heart attack where he nearly died in the Pittsburgh airport and then went through a DUI arrest in which a sobering video of his roadside stop was aired nationally, a Huggins’ collapse in Cincinnati when President Dr. Nancy Zimpher forced him to resign.
But as they say, he was only a phone call away.
“When you get in situations like that, just a phone call, just let him know that if he needs anything, you’re there for him,” Harrison said. “Huggs, like a lot of us, will appreciate the phone call. But sometimes, you have to figure it out yourself.”
And that is what Huggins really is, Harrison indicated, a person who must find his own way.
“He’s a thinker,” Harrison said. “He handles things internally, and he doesn’t show a lot of emotion as far as personal stuff is. He does internalize a lot. Maybe that’s why we get along so well; we both internalize a lot of things.”