Oh no! The West Virginia basketball team was given a terrifying scare during their Feb. 20 game with Texas after their coach, Bob Huggins, fell to the floor! He was clutching his chest as the team helped him to his feet. After a history of heart issues, is Bob going to be all right?
The world seemed to stop right before the halfway mark in the game between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas Longhorns, according to the Washington Post. Coach Bob Huggins, 63, collapsed while holding his chest, leading many to fear for the worst. He was escorted off the court and given medical attention, where it was determined that his defibrillator went off.
Thankfully, he seemed to be okay, as he returned to the West Virginia bench to witness his team win 77-62. “It comes out of nowhere,” he said during a post-game interview, according to ESPN. “That’s what happened when I fell down before; you stand up, you get lightheaded,” he said, noting that this is only the second time his defibrillator has gone off.
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins needed help off the floor and medical attention late in the first half against Texas. He appears to be ok. pic.twitter.com/qSOd4nMgxj
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“It goes off, and what it does is it shocks your heart back into rhythm,” Bob added. He was fitted with the device after suffering a heart attack while on a recruitment trip in 2002. “I’m like 99.9 percent of other guys my age in America — I got [atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat].”
Despite this shock, Bob still maintained his sense of humor about the ordeal. He joked with reporters that he wasn’t hit with a technical foul after collapsing on the court. “I’m surprised I didn’t. I’m actually shocked I didn’t,” Bob said with a smile.
Bob’s health scare comes one year after the North Carolina Tar Heels experienced their own fright, when coach Roy Williams, 66, doubled over and fell to the floor. Roy didn’t have an issue with his heart, but with his head. “I’ve had some vertigo attacks over the last 17 or 18 years. This is the first time I really had one during a game,” he said afterwards, blaming his attack on jerking his head quickly while arguing with the ref.
Bob also seemed to attribute his recent episode to the officials. “You did this to me,” he said, pointing at one of the referees during the game. Thankfully, Bob (and Roy) lived through this scare to make jokes. Here’s hoping they make it to many more games after this!
Are you glad that Coach Huggins is okay, HollywoodLifers? Were you scared when you saw him collapse?