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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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Report: Ed Cooley emerging as serious candidate for Michigan job

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After eight seasons leading Providence College, Ed Cooley could be making the leap to a Power Five conference.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN reported on Monday that Cooley is emerging as a serious candidate for Michigan’s head coaching vacancy. Goodman also lists Miami Heat assistant (and former Wolverines star) Juwan Howard as well as Michigan assistant Luke Yaklich as the other serious options. Additionally, he notes that Michigan’s search is being led by Gene DeFilippo, who was the athletic director at Boston College while Cooley was an assistant there.

Cooley, 49, has served as Friars head coach since 2011, going 254-179 (.587) with five NCAA Tournament appearances in eight years. Providence struggled to an 18-16 record last season however and could only muster an NIT berth.

While Cooley doesn’t quite have the familiarity with Michigan’s program that the other named candidates do, he brings decades worth of coaching experience on top of his unassailable sense of fashion.

Ed Cooley splitting his pants starts new fashion trend at Providence

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Providence basketball coach Ed Cooley infamously split his pants during the Big East Tournament final earlier this month, and he likely never imagined the wardrobe malfunction would lead to a full-blown fashion trend.

After he ripped his pants, Cooley improvised by wrapping some Gatorade towels around his waste to cover up the problem. He joked about the incident days later by wearing a towel while walking around his office.

The look has since become a viral sensation on the Providence College campus. Prior to their opening round NCAA Tournament game against Texas A&M on Friday, the school’s Twitter account highlighted how students and faculty have been proudly rocking the Cooley look.

Who said March Madness was all about major upsets and buzzer-beaters? One top NCAA coach has spoken very highly of the Friars, and we hope he’s right about their talent level. The Cooley towel look should take on a life of its own if his team makes a deep run.

Ed Cooley has good sense of humor about splitting his pants

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Ed Cooley is maintaining a great sense of humor about splitting his pants while coaching in the Big East Tournament.

Cooley split his pants during the Big East Tournament final against Villanova on Saturday, which his Providence Friars ultimately lost in overtime. He ended up improvising by covering up the tear with some Gatorade towels.

As of Monday, Cooley was still joking about his pants and making a fashion statement by continuing to wear a towel — only this time he was using Powerade towels.

Cooley’s Friars made it into the Big Dance as a 10-seed and will face Texas A&M in the first round. Jay Wright thinks they are prime candidates to pull an upset.

Ed Cooley gets technical foul for throwing chair during timeout (Video)

Providence got hosed by the referees at the end of their first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Dayton Friday, as head coach Ed Cooley was called for a technical foul after knocking over a chair during a timeout.

The technical foul was called when Dayton was leading 50-42 with 3:42 left. The Flyers went 1-for-2 on the technical free throws to go up 51-42, and they won the game 66-53.

Though the technical foul call was silly, it goes to show you that coaches who demand players keep their composure also need to hold themselves to the same standard. And had Cooley known that was going to result in a technical, he probably would have gone all Fran McCaffery to really get his money’s worth.

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