March Madness Coach With Torn Pants Isn’t Only Bizarre Superstition In Sports

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If you’re torn on whether or not to watch March Madness, imagine being a March Madness coach forced to wear torn pants on national television during the tournament.

Well, it’s more of a personal decision than a forced act, but in the mind of Abilene Christian basketball head coach Joe Golding, wearing a suit that includes a tear through the backside of his pants is the only way to coach his team in this year’s NCAA tournament. In fact, dare we say, the coach was busting at the seams to sport his new look?

Golding, who owns just one suit, ripped a hole in his pants celebrating the Southland Conference tournament championship last week. Although he tried to get the pants altered before his game against Kentucky Thursday night, the shop couldn’t complete the job in time.

Instead of going to buy a new suit, Golding, who evidently has a superstition, said, “I’m coaching in my baby blue suit, and I’m going to have a hole in my butt, man,” according to ESPN.

To Golding’s defense, it was his school’s first ever trip to the NCAA tournament. However, considering Kentucky slaughtered Abilene Christian 79-44, “Goldy” may want to reconsider ripping anything before his next basketball game.

The head coach isn’t an anomaly. There are several bizarre superstitions we’ve seen over several years of covering sports. Here are a few of our favorites.

Outside of sports: 8 Dumbest Superstitions From Around The World

One more oddity: This Is Why Yasiel Puig Licks His Bat

There is at least one happy ending to our basketball coach’s holy mess. “Goldy” will surely get to buy a new suit thanks to this.


Josh Helmuth is a sports reporter in St. Louis who contributes to Mandatory.