Assistant says Huggins broke 7 ribs

Updated: July 27, 2010, 1:04 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins broke seven ribs, not four, as previously reported, in a fall in his hotel room Friday in Las Vegas, Mountaineers assistant Billy Hahn said Tuesday.

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Hahn said Huggins broke ribs "three through nine" when he lost his balance and fell, hitting a coffee table.

Huggins, who originally was expected to fly back to Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, is still in a Las Vegas hospital being monitored by doctors and will not fly home until he is comfortable breathing and can handle the pain, Hahn said.

West Virginia spokesman Bryan Messerly said further testing confirmed Huggins had broken seven ribs. He said he does not know when Huggins will be released, but added that Huggins told him Sunday he was doing well.

Huggins, 56, 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.

Huggins' brother, Larry, came to his aid after he fell, Hahn said.

Hahn and West Virginia associate head coach Larry Harrison were recruiting Monday at the AAU Super Showcase at ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Kissimmee, Fla.

Andy Katz is a senior college basketball writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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