Michigan head coach John Beilein gestures from the bench as his team played Louisville during the second half of a second-round game in the men’s NCAA college basketball tournament in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 19, 2017. Michigan defeated Louisville 73-69. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Coaches are playing a starring role in the locker-room celebrations that have become a staple of March Madness.
The latest example of this trend comes from Michigan’s John Beilein, who headed into the locker room with a water gun as he greeted his players after the Wolverines’ upset of Louisville.
— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) March 19, 2017
One day earlier, Wisconsin’s Greg Gard had a water bottle rather than a water gun as he headed into the locker room after the Badgers’ victory over Villanova.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2017
Some of these festivities have even included coaches from other sports. Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald visited the Wildcats’ locker room after their first-round victory over Vanderbilt.
— NU Men's Basketball (@NUMensBball) March 17, 2017