When the UConn men’s basketball team takes on Kentucky tonight in the NCAA Final 4 — and the Husky women play Notre Dame tomorrow, in the Elite 8 — hoops fans around the country will watch the action closely.
When TV cameras zoom in on UConn coaches Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma, we’ll watch them jump up, gesticulate, shout and diagram plays.
Bill Mitchell will watch their suits.
He’s friends with both men. And his store — Mitchells of Westport — is their clothier.
Calhoun and Auriemma are regular customers at the Post Road shop — when they can get here. This week, though, the Husky men were leaving for Houston. Their coach needed to look sharp, so Mitchell hustled up to Storrs with a few new suits.
Then he took off for Texas too. Thursday night, Mitchell joined another friend and customer — Westport’s Jim Nantz — at the CBS announcer’s fundraiser for an Alzheimer’s wing he contributed, in his father’s memory, at Methodist Hospital.
Westport joins the rest of Connecticut in wishing the UConn men and women good luck in their tournament runs.
Win, lose or draw though, we know their coaches will be the best-dressed men in the entire NCAA.