March Madness: Ten Ways of Communicating
After a non-conference schedule that ranges from ten to fifteen games, a conference schedule from sixteen to twenty games and a conference tournament (sorry Ivy League) that can be up to four games for some, you would think that the coaches had run the gamut for game faces. Not so, and some have even saved the best for last. Here is a satiric look at some of the March Madness intensity and what exactly the coaches are thinking.
Bruce Pearl - Tennessee
Can you see this guy running the summer Episcopal tent circuit? Is there a time when Bruce Pearl isn't "communicating"? Here, Pearl is imploring his players to shoot the ball and, as all good coaches do, is making sure they go to the right basket. One or all of the following are true: He is the most tanned man in college hoops; the top button of his shirt is far too tight; or, he is simply ready to explode.
Thad Matta - Ohio State
Thad Matta exudes intensity. The Buckeyes program has thrived once again under his guidance. Sometimes, though, Matta becomes irate when calls don't go his way. Here, he pleads with referees about having to put Madsen in the game.
Jay Wright - Villanova
Still think he looks like George Clooney. Another who is absolutely on top of all referee decisions that adversely affect his team. Wright is a good coach and motivator who knows when the other guys are cheating and isn't afraid to point it out.
Bob Huggins - West Virginia
The over/under for Huggins to throw his arms out during the games is usually set at thirty, sometimes higher in NCAA games. Generally, when a player comes off, he is waiting, arms outstretched, as if to say: "That was awesome!". Or something very similar. In the photo, this is just about to happen.
Brad Stevens - Butler
Stevens doesn't really have the theatrics down pat yet, because at the tender age of 12, he doesn't understand that it's about him. No, I'm kidding. He's really 17 and despite his seemingly polite demeanour, is quite pleasant. He says when he graduates (high school) and has time to get his driver's licence, he's really going to cut loose.
Bill Self - Kansas
The annual winner of the "guy who looks like he's on the verge of crying the most" award, Self is a disciplinarian who likes to whack his players with rolled up pieces of paper. After the disappointing loss to Northern Iowa, he ran out of paper.
Gary Williams - Maryland
Many are surprised that Williams has not had the "big one" on the sidelines. Well, maybe just I am. Often in the midst of telling his players how much he admires them, his face will turn red, his jaw will get tight and stuff flies out of his mouth. Sometimes, he will point out the opposing team's transgressions, which as you can see, causes referees to sprint in that direction.
Jim Boeheim - Syracuse
The hands-down master at the"What the hell is that?" look, whether it be to officials or his own players. Paul Harris holds the record for receiving close to eight billion of those in his three seasons, or an average of ....never mind. Here, Boeheim is saying, "What the hell is that?"
Frank Martin - Kansas State
Wow. Pretty well all you can say about his demeanour. To throw opposing teams and coaches off, he will sometimes signal YMCA as though it was a play call. He will then get very intense. And stay that way. For most of the game. And I'm sure he doesn't even listen to the Village People.
Chris Mack - Xavier
Chris Mack learned quickly that crazy emotion is part of the college coaching job. Due to some inexperience though, he sometimes let the emotion get the better of him. For example, he often cried and tattled when opposing teams did something bad to his friends. But he is young and he may mature the way all of the others do.