College basketball players come and go, but coaches provide fans with a more constant focal point for their love (or hatred) of a particular program. Often, the ones who inspire the strongest emotions are also the ones who have the most success—whether fans see it as deserved or not.
West Virginia’s Bob Huggins, for example, has racked up 23 seasons of 20-plus victories. He’s also developed a reputation for dismissing the “student” part of “student-athlete” even more than most coaches, one that hasn’t endeared him to fans who already think his teams’ physical defense crosses the line into thuggishness.
Herein, a closer look at Huggins and the rest of the 10 active coaches who inspire the most intense reactions, good and bad, from the college hoops world at large.