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Huggins will return to Cincinnati with K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Bob Huggins will be back in Cincinnati.
Kansas State, Huggins' new school, announced Wednesday that the
Wildcats signed a three-year contract with Xavier.
The teams will play the next two seasons at U.S. Arena in
Cincinnati, the city where Huggins was so popular in his 16 seasons
coaching the Bearcats. The first game is set for Jan. 3, 2007. The
third game in the series will be at Kansas State's Bramlage
Coliseum.
"Cincinnati has been great to me," said Huggins, who had been
out of work for a year after Cincinnati president Nancy Zimpher
refused to extend his four-year contract rollover following his
arrest for drunken driving."We are very excited to play a
top-notch program as Xavier. I would like to thank Xavier and U.S.
Bank Arena for giving me the opportunity to return to Cincinnati.
The fans there have always supported me, and it will be my honor to
coach in front of them once again."
Huggins is 567-199 in 24 seasons as a head coach at Walsh, Akron
and Cincinnati. At Cincinnati, he was 399-127 and led the Bearcats
to 14 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1992
Final Four.
In March, he replaced Jim Wooldridge, who was 15-13 last season
at Kansas State, which has not been to the NCAA Tournament since
1996.
A series between Kansas State and Xavier had been rumored for
weeks, particularly as Huggins continues to pursue Cincinnati prep
standouts O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker, the two top-ranked players in
the class of 2007.
Huggins continued to recruit the duo, who play for North College
Hill High School, while he was out of coaching and not subject to
NCAA rules regarding contact. Both have expressed interest in
playing for Kansas State.