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WVU Coach Huggins doing better after fall

July 26, 2010 at 6:47 PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va., July 26 (UPI) -- West Virginia men's basketball Coach Bob Huggins is improving after breaking four ribs in a Las Vegas fall, school officials say.

Mountaineers Sports Information Director Bryan Messerly told Monday's Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail Huggins would likely be discharged "in the next couple of days."

"(Huggins) said he was doing a lot better," Messerly told the newspaper.

Drew Payne, vice chairman of WVU Board of Governors and a friend of Huggins, said the coach's brother Larry told him he coach was in his Las Vegas hotel room Friday night after attending high school basketball tournaments in the city and was preparing to leave when "he tripped on something and fell and hit a table going down."

The university initially said it expected Huggins to be discharged Saturday but that timetable was pushed back when doctors said they wanted to observe Huggins further.

"I think they're just worried about how close to the lungs (the ribs) are and they're being cautious, but also, he's in so much pain he can't move and they may need to just keep him there," Payne told the Daily Mail.

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