Kansas fans hated to see their team lose to West Virginia Tuesday night for the fourth straight time away from home. But at least there’s a silver lining.
Because of West Virginia’s 85-69 win over the second ranked Jayhawks, Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins donated $25k to cancer research charities in honor of his late mother. In his contract, Huggins receives a $25k bonus every time his West Virginia team defeats Kansas in the regular season. To date, Huggins has earned and donated a total of $100k.
The origins of Huggins’ Kansas bonus was apparently lost on the coach, who didn’t know about the clause when he signed his contract. When West Virginia first defeated Kansas, Huggins was unaware of the clause in his contract. His lawyer at the time said he himself requested that toward the end of negotiations. Richard Katz claimed that it had nothing to with Kansas personally, they were simply chosen because West Virginia was entering the Big 12 and Kansas just won the National Championship.
West Virginia is currently 18th in the country but have now defeated the first and second ranked teams in the country. A couple weeks ago, WVU defeated No. 1 ranked Baylor 89-68 and now defeated Kansas. West Virginia comes to Allen Fieldhouse on February 13 so Kansas could exact revenge. But if they cannot, at least that’s another $25k going toward a good cause.