Huggins OK after breaking ribs in fall

Updated: July 24, 2010, 4:36 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was hospitalized with four broken ribs Friday after an accidental fall at a hotel in Las Vegas during a recruiting trip.

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West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck confirmed in a statement that Huggins would be fine after being held overnight for observation. Luck said Huggins was in Las Vegas with associate head coach Larry Harrison.

"He is expected to be released later today, and we expect him to make a complete recovery," Luck said Saturday.

Huggins was initially expected to return to Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday. But a source close to Huggins told ESPN.com's Andy Katz the coach may need to stay another night in a Las Vegas hospital to monitor the broken ribs and ensure that no fragments damage a lung.

Huggins was in his hotel room packing to leave for the airport Friday when he tripped on something on the floor and slammed into a coffee table, the source said. Huggins wants to return home, but considering how sore he is, doctors have sought to be extra careful.

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy, a former assistant of Huggins' at Cincinnati, said via text message to ESPN.com that the incident was not related to any heart problem.

Huggins suffered a heart attack in 2002.

Information from ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz was used in this report.