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Thursday, April 1, 2010
Fashion police weighing in on Huggins' attire

By Mark Schlabach

Who knew West Virginia coach Bob Huggins' courtside attire would become such a hot-button issue in Mountaineer Country?

Bob Huggins
Most West Virginia fans would like to see Bob Huggins stick with his traditional tracksuit attire.
Mountaineers fans seem torn about whether Huggins should wear his traditional black tracksuit on the bench during Saturday's national semifinal game against Duke at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, or if he should sport a more formal coat and tie for such a big game.

Most West Virginia fans seem to want Huggins to stick with the tracksuit, according to an online poll at the Charleston (W. Va.) Daily Mail. According to the poll, 53 percent of voters want Huggins to stick with the tracksuit. Only 9 percent want him to "totally rock a new, gold, tailor-made suit."

Thirty-eight percent of voters were more optimistic, saying Huggy Bear should wear "the basketball net. Right after he cuts it down."

Anthony Paranzino, a Charleston tailor, who has designed suits for Huggins in the past, said he even prefers the Mountaineers coach to stick with his less formal athletic wear.
"I'd love to see him wear a suit, but right now, don't change a thing," Paranzino told the Daily Mail.

Nearly all West Virginia fans agree about one thing: Huggins shouldn't wear the mustard yellow suit he wore one time during his first season with the Mountaineers in 2007-08. The suit was not only sore for the eyes, but the Mountaineers were blown out 62-39 by Cincinnati, the coach's former team.