More disheartening and annoying than USF’s inability to close the gap and upset Gonzaga on Friday night was the appearance of head coach Rex Walters and the USF coaching staff. Apparently, they never got the “Dress for Success” memo that was sent to the Gonzaga coaching staff, who arrived at the Hilltop suited and booted. Walters and the gang looked like a bunch of broken streetlights in their yellow polo shirts with thin, bright-green cross stripes.
The most unprofessional looking of them all was Walters who sported slacks and dress shoes to go along with his un-tucked shirt. Walters paced and ran back and forth alongside his bench the entire game, his shirt bottom messily flailing with every hand gesture towards his players and the referees. His wardrobe malfunction can surely be held accountable for a 3-5 point swing alone just based on the sloppy vibe he was giving off.
What happened to the fresh-to-death Rex from Florida Atlantic, the sharply-dressed Walters at his news conference when he was given the USF job, or even the clean-cut coach who started patrolling the USF bench this season? Stick to the classic look. The black or dark blue suit and while shirt did you just fine. You can show school pride with a green or gold tie.
We all know it’s been a tough year. At least go through the bumpy road with smooth style.