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6/09/2008 12:53:00 PM
Coaches Who Love the Spotlight
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
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!
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.
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?