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Final Four: History’s Most Stylish College Basketball Coaches

  • Najib Benouar

March Madness

We’ve been counting down to tomorrow’s official start of the Big Dance with our own March Madness bracket, wherein we’ve pitted the most iconic college basketball coaches against one another—in terms of their signature style items—in an attempt to finally nail down who’s the most stylish of them all.

And here we are. The Final Four.

This is when champions show their true grit. If you’re planning on watching any of the action this weekend, you’re going to hear one word thrown around a lot: résumé. It’s become the catch-all term for reviewing a team’s performance over the season, and it seems like the right term to use when reviewing the overall style career of these coaches. So now that we’ve made it to the semifinals, we’re going to scrutinize each coach’s personal style résumé even further.

Let’s get on with it, shall we. To the Final Four.

Wooden and Carril(1) John Wooden’s Glasses vs. (13) Pete Carril’s Princeton Offense: Two pillars of college basketball coaching and eras of style. Wooden was the spitting image of Eisenhower-era austerity—culminating in those thick-rimmed glasses. Then we’ve got Carril, who looks like the grandfatherly version of Take Ivy with his bow ties, gun-check blazers and polo shirts. This one’s going down to the wire...

Knight and Williams(2) Bob Knight’s Red Sweater vs. (3) Roy Williams’s Carolina Blue: No surprises here, the 2 seed and 3 seed make it to the semis. It’s tough to know whether Bob Knight’s red sweater might be losing steam at this point after a few drawn-out dogfights. Williams, on the other hand, has been cruising. Everything is clicking. He’s got the pocket squares on point, the windowpane plaid gelling, and he’s looking scarily unstoppable.

Tune back in tomorrow for the championship game. When the most important obstacle arrives: who looks better cutting down a net?

*UPDATE: And the winner is...

Review the round of eight matchups here.

And the original round of 16 matchups here.