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6/09/2008 12:53:00 PM

Coaches Who Love the Spotlight

Bruce Pearl
Body paint and grabbing Erin Andrews are just two of Bruce Pearl's famous trademarks.
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By Lang Whitaker, SI.com

And down the stretch they come! But where's Big Brown? During Saturday's Belmont Stakes, the world tuned in to see Big Brown win the Triple Crown, as his trainer Rick Dutrow had assured everyone he would, time and again. But as it turned out, Big Brown didn't do it -- in fact, he finished dead last. Still, Dutrow isn't the last trainer/coach/manager to talk a big game and obviously love the attention. Here's my top five coaches who seem to love the spotlight...

1. Bruce Pearl: Pearl always says it's not about him, that he's just doing what he can to promote Tennessee basketball. And that may be true. But then, he does things like this.

2. Jose Mourinho: The former Chelsea manager is now at Inter Milan, but he made a name for himself by talking about himself, even dubbing himself "The Special One." It doesn't help that he always looks, as my friend Michael Davies once said, like he just stepped out of a Banana Republic ad.

3. Bill Parcells: The Tuna has moved from the sideline to the TV studio to the GM office, and he's had a symbiotic relationship with the media the entire time. For a guy who could easily come out and squash rumors, he seems more than happy to let them ride for weeks at a time and to use the media to his advantage whenever possible.

4. Joe Torre: He never seems to turn down an interview opportunity or a commercial gig, though he cloaks them all with an aw-shucks humble front.

5. Pete Carroll: The USC head man has turned from an embattled boss in New York and Boston to a media superstar in southern California. He seems genuine, but that doesn't change the fact that he seems so comfortable with the spotlight on him.

Which boss do you think most enjoys the bright lights of fame? Let us know below...

Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
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Comments:

Tom Crean is the biggest phony, spotlight seeker I've ever seen...and guys like Seth Davis, Bilas and Vitale don't even realize it. Most Marquette fans are thrilled the guy took his fake tan to Bloomington!
Posted: June 10, 2008 12:57 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
how can ozzie guillen not be listed?

he has the media eating out of his hand. he knows exactly what he is doing when he goes on a profanity laced tirade.
The eternal love-hate of Bob ("you're all idiots, but I keep having press conferences to tell you that") Knight!
Posted: June 10, 2008 7:50 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Pat Riley
Posted: June 10, 2008 8:31 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Don't forget Mike Ditka - he never met a camera he didn't like.
Vivian Stringer (the Rutgers coach who exploited her team to gain attention for herself by exaggerating her feelings about a washed up DJ) - I can't stand that attention seeking fraud
Posted: June 10, 2008 10:17 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Tom Crean is the biggest media hog who hasn't accomplished squat without a certain #3.
Posted: June 10, 2008 10:29 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Saban? Petrino?
Posted: June 10, 2008 11:35 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The post at 10:29 certainly echoes my feelings. Phil Jackson seems to enjoy it in a mellow way.
Posted: June 10, 2008 11:48 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Try the Lakers' Phil Jackson and the Pats Bill Belly-ache.
Posted: June 10, 2008 12:13 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Phil Jackson #1
Posted: June 10, 2008 1:45 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
OK, if you're going to blog about Pearl, you have to do so as if you're Captain Jack Sparrow talking about "the Pearl, mate."
Posted: June 10, 2008 4:53 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Rick Patino. He's the greatest coach ever. Just ask him and he'll agree.
Posted: June 10, 2008 6:01 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Hey, Lang, nobody gives a crap about European soccer coaches -- or ANY soccer coaches for that matter.

You should have used your No. 2 spot on Vlad Brumschviss, coach of the Estonian junior curling team.
Posted: June 10, 2008 10:18 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
In the hockey department: former Lightning coach John Tortorella. Constantly seemed to be throwing his players under the bus and all. Also, Ozzie Guillen deserves mention.
Posted: June 10, 2008 11:54 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
You forgot Mike Shanahan... the self-titled "Ultimate Leader"
Posted: June 11, 2008 3:37 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
JOE TORRE IS IN THE NEWS FREQUENTLY BECAUSE HIS YANKS WERE ALWAYS IN WORLD SERIES. HE'S A TERRIFIC MANAGER...............
Posted: June 11, 2008 2:48 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
No one was better than Tommy Lasorda. Even today. You acn barely turn on a mile or camera in LA without Tommy perking up.
Posted: June 11, 2008 8:24 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Remember Bobby Valentine. He got ejected from a game and still made it on camera in that stupid moustache and glasses.
Pat Riley deserves a mention, as does Rick Neuheisel, although he's been out of the spotlight for a while....
Posted: June 12, 2008 12:49 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Bill Belichick for sure; he loves making a scene (blowing mangini off when he beat bill, then giving him a huge bear hug with a giant grin when he beat him, what a dick). Larry Brown loves the spotlight, "coach" Isiah Thomas, George Karl, definitely Ozzie Guillen, Nick Saban, just to name a few.
Posted: June 12, 2008 2:33 PM   by Anonymous Erik
Jim Calhoun. Who on Earth calls a press conference in the off-season to announce a personal health problem and to ask the press for privacy while he recuperates, only to bash one of his own players in the press less than 2 weeks later?
Posted: June 12, 2008 3:14 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I dunno if I'd necessarily include Saban on the list, he doesn't exactly seek out the spotlight he's just the worst piss-poor excuse for a human being let alone a role model for college-aged men ever.

But c'mon, no Ozzie Guillen? He may not really seek out the cameras but he's automatically on there for not having the sense NOT to do so.
Posted: June 13, 2008 11:12 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Nick Saban loves the spotlight.
How can Coach K not make the list? Every tournament game has become a K-athon during the commercials!
Posted: June 16, 2008 11:24 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Pitino. Actually, any coach who writes a motivational book (esp. if it's marketed to MBA types) should be considered high risk for having an out of control ego.
not pete carroll... hes just great under pressure, and hes been there. thats why hes always in the spotlight and hes good at it. how about pat riley
Posted: June 22, 2008 4:22 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Im disappointed that two coaches for two of my favorite teams arn't on here. Tom Crean and especially Ozzie Guillen should both be on here. This is a bad list.
Megan E. Boris

Bobby Knight - he throws chairs...what more says "Look at me!"
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