Huggins getting roasted for a good cause

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Those who saw the way West Virginia coach Bob Huggins handled Da’Sean Butler’s nasty knee injury during the Final Four know the coach has a soft side.

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Well, it’ll be on display again. This time, it could boost a good cause.

In an effort to raise money for the Norma May Huggins Cancer Research Endowment, Huggins will be roasted by friends and mentors in Morgantown, W.Va. on Sept. 3. Among those expected to take part: John Calipari, Frank Martin, Andy Kennedy, Ron Everhart and Tommy Bowden.

“This is important to me for two reasons,” Huggins told the Charleston Gazette. “I wanted to do something for my mother. It’s something I started when she passed away, but haven’t done much with lately.  “Also, it’s a way to keep some cancer research dollars in our state. I’ve helped with other benefits, but it’s nice to raise a bunch of money and give it to the Mary Babb Randolph Center, which does great research.”

Those interested in buying tickets ($100) or sponsoring a table ($1,000) should call 304-293-8604.

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