CHARLESTON, W.Va.--Nobody can argue with WVU coach Bob Huggins' success on the basketball court, but more than a few have questioned his choice of courtside apparel.
Some fans want Huggins to wear his signature black tracksuit at the Final Four game against Duke Saturday night, mainly because they're superstitious.
Others believe the coach should don a coat and tie, as many of his peers would do on such an important occasion.
But there's a near consensus that the coach should not haul out the infamous mustard-colored suit with matching shoes that he wore at a big home game in the 2008-09 season and then mercifully put away.
Charleston tailor Anthony Paranzino makes his living from men's formal wear but says he doesn't want to see Huggins in anything but a tracksuit this weekend.
"I'd love to see him wear a suit, but right now, don't change a thing," he said.
Paranzino said he's very superstitious and worries that Huggins might mess up WVU's winning streak if he were to dress up Saturday night.
Paranzino's worst-case scenario would be Huggins bounding out once again in the mustard garb.
He wore it in his debut season at the Coliseum in a game versus Cincinnati, whose president had fired him. West Virginia was favored, but got blown out 62 to 39. Some fans blamed the suit for the revolting development.
Paranzino said he's designed suits for Huggins, including a blue-and-gold pinstriped number, but had nothing to do with the infamous mustard ensemble.
"When he wore that suit, my phone lit up like a Christmas tree," he said. "I'm not responsible for that suit. My personal thought on that, I figure that's an inside joke. He was kind of being funny."
On the other hand, Jack Estep of "Estep's the Nu Look" would like to see the coach go for the gold Saturday night.
"I would give him a gold suit if he wants to wear it," said Estep, whose clothing emporium is a longtime Lee Street fixture.
Estep would even throw in a pair of gold or navy blue shoes with a navy tie and pocket square to match.
Store employee James Hairston said Huggins probably wears a 52 long jacket judging by the way the coach looks on TV. If the camera really adds 20 pounds, he'd be a size 50.
James' brother Jonathan, also an Estep's employee, said the Final Four is too important for Huggins to wear a tracksuit.
"We're in the Final Four, man. We're making statements. History's being made," he said.
Meanwhile, "What should Huggs wear to the Final Four?" has been the subject of an online survey at www.
dailymail.com this week.
The results, as of Wednesday afternoon: