West Virginia Star Da'Sean Butler Suffers ACL Tear in Final Four Loss to Duke

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIApril 5, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 03:  Head coach Bob Huggins consoles Da'Sean Butler #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers after Butler injured his knee in the second half against the Duke Blue Devils during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Even coach Bob Huggins, known for his straight-up attitude and no-nonsense persona couldn't help but shed a few for his fallen warrior.

Dissolving in tears on the floor at the Final Four, Da'Sean Butler, West Virginia's star forward must have known his college career was over.

His teammates knew the game was over, and I knew our team's chances at a championship, were over.

But it didn't matter to Coach Huggins, who saw one of his own kids lying in pain below the basket.

Once he noticed it wasn't a simple bruise, he left the bench to attend to the senior forward.

Then, he embraced him.

Da'Sean apologized immediately, but Coach Huggins soothed the young man with his words.

There would be no championship for the Mountaineers.

There will be no championship, not this year.

 

Notes:

Butler had an MRI taken when the ACL tear was found on Sunday. Doctors also found an MCL sprain and two bone bruises while performing the MRI.

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