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“But I got into the habit because of Tom Landry and I kept with it because, I believe, the coat and tie calmed me down. I’d get all riled up and start pulling on the coat or the tie, and then I’d remember how stately and in control coach Landry always looked. So I wonder,” added Reeves, “if that wouldn’t help some of the guys out there right now.”

If that doesn’t work, maybe some of today’s coaches should solicit fashion advice from the people they trust most.

Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden’s crisp white dress shirt and a sharp orange tie make him arguably the best-0dressed coach in the college game. He played for the late Joe Paterno at Penn State, himself one of the last throwbacks to the jacket-and-tie set. But when Golden got his first break as a head coach at Temple in 2006, he usually wore a sweat shirt.

One day he got a call. On the other end was his mom.

“Wear some pants and a shirt,” she said.

Advice well worth heeding.

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Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)ap.org and follow him at Twitter.com/JimLitke.