NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — They’re all here. Almost every one of them.
Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Michigan’s John Beilein. Baylor’s Scott Drew and Miami’s Jim Larranaga, to name just a few. In fact, the only programs we didn’t see with prominent representatives were Kentucky and Louisville, but frankly, we’re pretty sure we just missed them. Because like we said, they’re all here.
Still, coaches have no interest wearing suits while spending hours in relatively uncomfortable chairs on sidelines and behind backboards. They want to be themselves. Which is how we end up with the somewhat remarkable and intriguing branding fest that emerges at the Peach Jam. Here’s how Thursday’s coaching fashion circus played out.
Coach K sported a pretty traditional summertime Duke outfit, with the navy polo and, later (not pictured) a matching warmup jacket.
K’s assistants, perhaps fittingly, were less formal.
Roy Williams and Hubert Davis were really into white. Not sure why, or if they coordinated.
Jim Larranaga, though you can’t truly see it in all it’s splendor, looked a bit too much like a 72-year-old headed to the library.
This photo is almost too blurry to make out, but Coach Izzo went for the black slacks and green polo shirt look.
His rival, Coach Beilein, was very
yellow maize up top, with the khaki shorts below.
Meanwhile, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon’s big statement had nothing to do with his clothes (nice gold polo) and everything to do with how and how long he crossed his legs.
Also worth noting: Baylor coach Scott Drew is into neon on black.
We’ll keep an eye out for further fashion developments in the lives of coaches from here on the ground in North Augusta. You never know, another day may bring another trend. Friday flat front khaki pants? Saturday sandals? Only time will tell …