April 22nd, 2013
Only one head coach and one assistant
can lay claim to the title of America’s most stylish. Everybody
else is already shopping for next season...
Gary Waters (Cleveland State) is making plans to fly to Paris to
upgrade his closet, whole Bruiser Flint (Drexel) is still trying
to figure out what happened. It’s tough to go out in the first
Bill Herrion is actually going to shop for suits for the first
time in his career, while JT3 is looking into
off-season workout programs.
Love the suits coach but the bad body kills you on the Runway.
It’s hard to believe the Runway to the Fashionable 4 has been
around since 1998. More puzzling is that, in all those years, I
have never been awarded the title of America’s best-dressed
coach. After looking at the remaining four, other than Clooney,
I can out-style any of these guys.
Does Anthony Grant even own a jacket? The guy has worked the
white shirt and tie all the way to the National Semi-finals.
That’s a joke! It would appear to me that his stone-faced stare
is the reason he advanced this far. Danielle Wolfe and the girls
were clearly intimidated.
I think intimidation also played a role in Steve Masiello
advancing to the Fashionable 4. There are a lot of vowels in
that name. Masiello has gotten a lot of run out of the Pitino
Kevin Baggett got this far simply because he was smart enough to
not seek fashion council from his Athletic Director, Don Harnum.
In the Assistant coach field defending champion Steve Robinson
is really working the Carolina blue ties. At some point you need
to shake it up coach. Bacari Alexander, who has multiple wins on
the Runway, can’t even get his head coach (John Beilein) to
button his sleeves. That alone should cost him some style
On the other hand, Matthew Fox (Eric Eaton) seems to have
actually earned his way to the national semis. Although I will
say that it’s hard not to look regal when the head coach is
Tommy Moore. The Quinnipiac head coach is still getting run out
of Jim Calhoun’s kakis and blue blazers.
And let’s not forget about Robert Jones, the new head coach at
Norfolk State. There are a lot of stylish coaches in the MEAC
and everybody is trying to keep up with Jones’s gear.
Of course I would say that everyone is competing for the
second-place trophy. Nobody should be able to beat Clooney. His
Nike attire looks better than most coach’s game-day wardrobes.
The guy has a Facebook page for his pocket squares. His matchup
against Baggett is like a guarantee game in November.
Since I have no vote in the final results, my duties as fashion
analyst have concluded for the 2012-13 season. However I have
already begun working on my “first four in” and “last four out”
for the 2014 Runway to the Fashionable 4. Lunardi isn’t the only
one that works on brackets year round.
One final thought… I would like to congratulate Angela Lento and
winning a 2013 New York Emmy® last week.
Angela should have won a second for having to put up with Joe
Dwyer. In fact dealing with Joe should have made both Riley
Wallace and me award recipients as well. Congratulations Angela,
Tad Hathaway and CollegeInsider.com!
Check out the Final Results for the 2013 Runway to the
Fashionable 4 or the
COACHES and the
April 18th, 2013
DOWN TO FASHIONABLE 4
So we have finally reached the
Fashionable 4. There were a number of very questionable
decisions made by Danielle Wolfe and her style committee, but
the remaining coaches seem deserving of competing for the title
of America’s most fashionable coach.
Sorry to see Bill Herrion exit the event. He had no business
being in the competition, but his presence was very
entertaining. I still question whether or not Bill owns a suit.
If he could only dress like he coaches, he would be a regular on
the catwalk. In the end the very regal Anthony Grant was simply
too much. Let’s be honest, Coach Grant looks a lot better in his
attire than Herrion. Some off-season workout programs might be
How about the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference! Commissioner
Rich Ensor has to be pleased with getting two coaches into the
Fashionable 4. Rick Pitino protégé Steve Masiello (Manhattan)
and Kevin Baggett (Rider) would appear to be up-and-coming
stars. But I do think both have their hands full with their
national semi-final matchups.
Anthony Grant will be a tough opponent for Masiello, but Baggett
faces the monumental task of out-styling Clooney! In my opinion
the annual fashion award should be named the Jay Wright award.
There is nobody prettier and more debonair than Jay… Not to be
confused with the very average look and wardrobe selections of
A couple of big-time style mavens advanced to the Fashionable 4
in the Assistant Coach field. Both defending champion Steve
Robinson (North Carolina) and 4-time champion Bacari “and Coke”
Alexander (Michigan) should be competing with the head coaches.
Speaking of head coaches, congratulations to Robert Jones
(Norfolk State) who advanced to the Fashionable 4 just days
after being elevated to head coach. Impressive week for the head
Spartan. Unfortunately new Loyola MD head coach G.G. Smith came
up a little short in the Elegant 8, but that is a hangover from
having to deal with Jimmy Patsos. G.G. is going to be an
excellent head coach and should flourish on the runway now that
Patsos has left to take over at Siena. It’s embarrassing that
Patsos made the fashion field.
Rounding out the Assistant’s Fashionable 4 is the star of the TV
show “Lost” Matthew Fox, AKA Eric Eaton (Quinnipiac).
It all comes to an end on Friday so be sure to Tweet at Danielle
March 27th, 2013
The first round is over. 32 coaches
have advanced. Most of the results were expected, but there were
a few surprises.
Bill Herrion (New Hampshire) advanced past John Calipari
(Kentucky). I can only assume that Coach Cal heard he was facing
Herrion -- thought somebody was playing a joke on him -- and
just didn’t show up. I am confident that Herrion doesn’t own a
single suit. The guy can really coach, but he can’t dress. That
might be the biggest win in New Hampshire since their militia
helped win the Battle of Bunker Hill.
And because Tom Herrion (Marshall) defeated Frank Martin (South
Carolina), there will be a Herrion in the Sensational 16. That’s
right Bill Herrion will meet Tom Herrion in the second round.
There were a few “brother vs. brother” matchups in this year’s
tournament. Bryce Drew (Valparaiso) beat Scott Drew (Baylor),
Joe Jones (Boston University) beat James Jones (Yale), Sean
Miler (Arizona), beat Archie Miller (Dayton). I would like to
review the judges decision to advance Sean past Archie. Arizona
Wildcats are very good -- Sean Miller’s apparel, not so good.
Kermit Davis (Middle Tennessee) beat No. 3 seed Jeff Lebo (East
Carolina). Lebo is busy preparing for Colt Ryan and Evansville
in the semifinals of the CIT. It’s the first time ECU has ever
won 20 games in a season. Nice job coach. And nice job turned in
by Kermit who got his team into the NCAA Tournament. I am still
not sure how Kermit managed to get into this tournament.
Andy Enfield (Florida Gulf Coast) got past Billy Donovan
(Florida). Of course he did. Enfield is the “Flav of the month.”
What a great story. It’s just their second year of being
eligible for postseason and they are in the Sweet 16. Terrific
job! Donovan should consult with his former assistant, Anthony
Grant (Alabama). You need help Billy.
Kevin Baggett (Rider) took down Bruiser Flint (Drexel). Once
again a No. 15 seed beats a No. 2 seed. Pretty clear that
Baggett should have been the No. 2 seed. Heck of a first season
for Baggs. He did something his AD, Don Harnum never did -- He
won a postseason game. I am pretty certain Harnum never
out-styled anyone either.
I checked with Joe Lunardi. He said Calipari is already a No. 1
seed in next year’s Runway to the Fashionable 4. He also
confirmed that Bruiser is among the Last Four Out.
SECOND ROUND PREVIEW
Gregg Marshall (Wichita State) vs. Ray McCaullm (Detroit): These
two actually met in BracketBusters last month. What a great job
Marshall has done with the Shockers. Nice touch with the specs
with little yellow in the frames. Very debonair coach.
Roy Williams (North Carolina) vs. Danny Manning (Tulsa): Two
former Jayhawks. Danny brings that chic look to the dance. Roy
brings a classic Henry Fonda look to the stage.
Gary Waters (Cleveland State) vs. LeVelle Moton (North Carolina
Central): Waters shops in Paris for his gear and he’s the No. 1
seed in his region, but Coach Moton brings a lot of style to the
catwalk. His team won 22 games this season and finished 2nd in
Jamion Christian (Mount St. Mary’s) vs. Anthony Grant (Alabama):
Two guys that have done a terrific job this season. Grant is
trying to get to New York to win the NIT and Christian took his
team to the championship game in the NEC Tournament. Nobody in
the NEC was playing better basketball, down the stretch, than
Christian’s team. Two great coaches -- Two quality people.
Buzz Peterson (UNC Wilmington) vs. Chris Mack (Xavier): Buzz is
officially the Cary Grant of the tournament. Nice touch of gray
with movie star looks. Mack brings none of that to the event.
This is no contest.
Jim Larranaga (Miami) vs. Ben Jacobson (Northern Iowa): Coach L
looked smooth with the green tie in the win over Illinois. He
will win a few National Coach of the Year honors. Jacobson has
his team in the CIT semifinals. He’s another guy with Big Screen
appeal. He should be walking the red carpet.
Bill Herrion (New Hampshire) vs. Tom Herrion (Marshall): This
should be a Pay-Per-View event. The Herrion should pay us.
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March 26th, 2013
THOSE WHO BELONG - AND THOSE WHO DON'T
I have had a little time to review
the brackets. I would have to say that the selection committee
did a very poor job. There are coaches in this tournament that
can’t dress and can’t find their way to a gym. It’s
I love my man Buzz Peterson (UNC Wilmington). He still looks
like a movie star, but he looks like he’s spending more time
walking the red carpet then walking the treadmill. My friend
Chris Mack is nice and thin, but the upper body could use some
work. I’d recommend Bowflex coach. You need to fill out your
think Jimmy Patsos (Loyola MD) and Frank Martin (South Carolina)
walk into their closets and yell at their suits. It looks like
they walk into Dunkin Donuts a lot also.
Is that Jeff Lebo (East Carolina) or Tom Colicchio of “Top Chef”
fame? Looks like Lebo definitely enjoys dining (pictured).
Lots of potential NordicTrack clients in the field this year.
Who invited Monte Ross (Delaware) and Bruiser Flint (Drexel)?
Both guys are linked to Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph’s). That’s
not exactly fashion royalty. But at least Monte and Bru have
youth on their side. It’s tough to be old and fashionably
challenged like Joe Mihalich (Niagara).
When it comes to Philly Fashion it’s all about Clooney. My man
Jay Wright (Villanova) sets the standard for all coaches. I
don’t see Jay having much trouble on his side of the bracket.
Sean (Arizona) and Archie (Dayton) Miller are in that bracket.
Did I really see Bill Self (Kansas) in the fashion field? Great
team -- average wardrobe. My guess is that he isn’t getting
style tips from Larry Keating, who is the special assistant to
the Athletic Director at Kansas. Larry is also the father of
Kerry Keating (Santa Clara). It’s pretty clear that Kerry didn’t
accept any advice from dad because he has zero style.
While we are on the subject of Zero Style let’s take a look at
the results from the FIRST “FANCY” FOUR.
In the HEAD COACH field…Bill Herrion (New Hampshire) defeated
Bob Huggins (West Virginia): Not like that was a real difficult
Bob Marlin (UL-Lafayette) got past Dave Paulsen (Bucknell): The
Greg Kampe outlasted Rick Byrd (Belmont): Battle of the sweater
Joe Mihalich (Niagara) somehow beat Mike Brey (Notre Dame): I am
hoping Mike just didn’t show up. This is the kind of loss that
kills your FPI (Fashion Power Index).
In the ASSISTANTS field…Jim Fox (Davidson), Stephen Sauers
(Seton Hall) and Scott Wagers (ETSU) all advanced. As did Mike
Deane (James Madison). How bad must your wardrobe be to lose to
Mike Deane? Wow.
There is a clear divide in this year’s field -- Those that
belong and those that don’t.
Rick Pitino (Louisville) belongs. Richard Pitino (FIU) doesn’t.
Come on coach you did a really nice job in your first season in
South Florida, but one year as a head coach doesn’t qualify you
for this tourney.
Anthony Grant (Alabama) certainly belongs. Neither of the
Herrion brothers does. Seriously who extended invitations to
Willis Wilson (Texas A&M Corpus Christi) belongs. Mike Brey
(Notre Dame) most certainly does not. Let’s be honest here. Mike
has a great group of coaches. They did another phenomenal job
this season. But that has to be the least stylish staff in
Well maybe they are the second worst. I forgot about Bobby
Huggins West Virginia staff.
CollegeInsider.com’s Angela Lento would certainly belong.
CollegeInsider.com’s Riley Wallace would not. Good job with the
CIT coach, but bad job with the gear. You need to retire the
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The First Round results will be posted on Wednesday.
March 7th, 2013
FIRST "FANCY" FOUR
Just because I work for ESPN now
doesn't mean I cannot cover this event. I am qualified, which is
something I can't say for a number of guys who made the 2013
Tournament field. Let's be honest there should be rule against
Bob Huggins attire. I love Huggins, but him being part of a
fashion event is about as realistic as me with long wavy locks.
Over the past few years I had my share of disappointments with
the NCAA selection committee. This season I am very discouraged
by some of the decisions that fashion committee has made. I have
a few questions.
Where is Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph's)?
How did Buzz Williams (Marquette) not make the field?
Did someone forget about Randy Bennett (Saint Mary's)?
No Steve Hawkins (Western Michigan)?
Is Joe Lunardi involved with this in anyway?
It's clear that there is a visible bias against the
follicley-challenged. We will have to talk about this when the
S.B.C.A meets next month in Atlanta. That's the Stylish Bald
Coaches Association for those of you who are unfamiliar with our
Memo to Thad Matta (Ohio State): We are accepting new members.
It's no surprise the four No. 1 seeds are Rick Pitino
(Louisville), Jay Wright (Villanova), Gary Waters (Cleveland
State) and John Calipari (Kentucky). Other entries to the field
Bill Herrion (New Hampshire)? Somebody must have thought it was
a St. Patrick's Day event when they invited him. Bill can break
down a matchup zone but he can't match socks.
Sean Miller (Arizona)? Just because you can shoot free throws
doesn't mean you can dress.
Joe Mihalich (Niagara)? I wasn't aware that Senior Citizens were
John Thompson III (Georgetown)? He actually has a nice wardrobe,
but he has a bad body. Not a good combination. He should not be
in this event.
Jimmy Patsos (Loyola MD)? That's just comical.
I will have a more extensive breakdown of the field next week.
It's hard to believe that the Runway to the Fashionable 4 has
been in existence since 1998. Jay Wright, who won the first two
titles, was still at Hofstra and Bobby Huggins was actually
sporting stylish attire (not really). In the early days,
then-Wagner coach and current color commentator for the Brooklyn
Nets, Tim Capstraw was head of the selection committee. That's
Danielle Wolfe now oversees the selection process. Be sure to
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