Top 10 Worst Dressed CFB Head Coaches
10. Gene Chizik (Auburn)
Forward-thinking fashion has never been the M.O. of college football coaches. Yet these coaches still have a lot of work to do with their on-field appearance as members of our Top 10 Worst Dressed College Football Coaches.
Do you think Gene Chizik wears the same short-sleeve windbreaker for every game? Or does he just have 10 pairs of the same outfit like the cartoon “Doug”? It has to be one or the other. If you do a Google Images search for “Gene Chizik Auburn” and filter the results to his sideline shots, he’s wearing the same thing in each photo almost every time.
And what does he do with his windbreaker for games that are indoors or in warm weather? He tucks it into his pants. Gene, you’re 50 years old, not 70.
Reminds Us Of: A country club golf instructor.
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9. Derek Dooley (Tennessee)
We respect that the Vols coach has a sense of college football history from growing up as the son of Georgia legend Vince Dooley and wants to pay tribute to the old-school look. A memo to the younger Dooley: the loud, 1970s style isn’t the way to go.
Sure, for a game with throwback uniforms and such, it works. But on a week to week basis, the loud orange pants and brown loafers make it look like he’s on his way to a 70’s-themed party.
And getting back to the bright orange: Didn’t Bruce Pearl already prove that it didn’t work?
Reminds Us Of: PGA golfer Rickie Fowler.
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8. Brady Hoke (Michigan)
While a lovely city, Ann Arbor isn’t always sunny. But that doesn’t stop Hoke from wearing sunglasses from season’s start to end.
With the rest of the ensemble, Hoke can’t seem to decide whether he wants to go sporty or formal. A Michigan dri-fit polo shirt worn with an awkward undershirt above dress pants with a black belt and adidas cross-trainers. When will coaches learn that what works for professional golfers won’t necessarily work for them?
Reminds Us Of: Your grumpy high school gym teacher.
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7. June Jones (SMU)
Dallas is the largest US city with no direct waterway leading to an ocean. Yet Mustangs coach June Jones’ sideline attire pays tribute to Hawaii.
We get that the lei is an element of his appearance that he picked up while reviving his career with the Warriors. But now that he’s in Texas, he should consider a ten-gallon hat instead. The only good news about the lei is that it takes attention away from the oversized black rain coat he also loves to wear.
Reminds Us Of: An old guy on a cruise ship.
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6. Rich Rodriguez (Arizona)
Khakis and a polo shirt is so standard for today’s coaches that Rich Rod gets a pass for those. But the belt holding up his headset? It looks like the seatbelt on a car baby seat.
If it was just one wristband, we’d be fine — particularly since the red one is/was used to promote leukemia awareness. But he’s also got a blue one. Together, the two wrist bands are used to call plays and look ridiculous. We much prefer Oregon’s bizarre system of placards.
Reminds Us Of: That one guy at pick-up basketball who throws elbows.
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5. Chip Kelly (Oregon)
Coaches need to do a better job of appreciating their schools’ color schemes. We know black is slimming, but there’s a point where it gets to be excessive.
We suppose Kelly is trying to look as sleek as the high-scoring offense he’s built at Oregon. That’s more than doable with the Duck’s green-dominant color scheme. But the black windbreaker, black pants and black shoes is just overkill. It would certainly work better without the white visor that looks way too stark on Kelly’s current outfit.
Reminds Us Of: An aspiring ninja.
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4. Charlie Weis (Kansas)
On game days when the weather is forgiving, Weis goes with khakis and a polo. As previously mentioned, that look is fine. But not if you hike up said khakis to the middle of your chest as Weis does.
When the weather takes a turn for the worse, Weis models himself after the NFL’s anti-fashionista: Bill Belichick and his infamous hoodie. The look worked at Notre Dame because it made Weis kind of look like a monk. At Kansas? Not so much.
Reminds Us Of: Your great uncle in a retirement home, wondering whether his 5 PM dinner will be ready on time.
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3. Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia)
Blue and gold are good football colors. West Virginia’s shades in particular work very well together. Yet Holgorsen’s WVU-issued wind-breaker is black and white. Boring!
The uninspired choice in jacket is compounded by the khakis and the balding mullet hairstyle. We know the latter isn’t part of a dress code per say, but it makes the need for a sharp outfit even more pressing. Holgorsen’s outfit never changes as the man simply refuses to wear anything other than black.
Reminds Us Of: Your obnoxious boss on a company retreat.
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2. Ruffin McNeill (East Carolina)
McNeill has worked hard to keep his alma mater in Conference USA title contention since arriving in 2010. After going through bariatric surgery in January 2011 to cut a slimmer figure, he shouldn’t feel guilty about asking for clothes in a smaller size now.
When he was the defensive coordinator at Texas Tech, McNeill had a presence about him that brought out the best in his players. He can still have that presence — but only with an outfit that doesn’t sag off him so much. Right now, he looks like he is coaching in oversized pajamas.
Reminds Us Of: A little boy trying on his father’s clothes.
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1. Bronco Mendenhall (BYU)
In their nascent independence, BYU wants to be taken as seriously (and regarded at the same national level) as Notre Dame. Memo to Mendenhall: that requires you at least trying to look magnanimous.
For a school that has a dress code, Mendenhall’s outfits are especially poor. Instead of a polo shirt, he opts for a ratty-looking t-shirt. Instead of khakis, he has BYU-issued warm-ups. And when the weather dips? He likes to wear a long-sleeve shirt under the t-shirt.
One can only hope that he dresses better when meeting with recruits or attending coaches’ dinners.
Reminds Us Of: A middle-aged, early-morning jogger.
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