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Postby mrblitz » Wed Jun 13, 2007 6:49 pm

49ers' Nolan, Jags' Del Rio get permission to suit up for home games
Associated Press

Updated: June 13, 2007, 7:35 PM ET

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Coach Mike Nolan will be a sharp-dressed man at all the San Francisco 49ers' home games this season.

Nolan and Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio got permission from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday to wear suits and ties to all eight of their clubs' regular-season home games in 2007.


Niners coach Mike Nolan wears a suit made by Reebok on the sideline, nearly two seasons after first requesting permission.

The dress-up detente was the result of nearly three years of negotiations among Nolan, the league and Reebok. Though the league determines what apparel can be worn on the sideline, Reebok provides that clothing for coaches -- from Bill Belichick's sleeveless sweatshirts to the black suit Nolan was allowed to wear in two games last season.

"As I mentioned before, I made this request out of the high amount of respect I have for the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers, my father and all of the former coaches who have worn suits," said Nolan, who's 11-20 in two seasons with the Niners.

Ever since he got the 49ers' top job in 2005, Nolan has sought permission to dress like his ex-coach father while projecting an image of authority. He got a trial run last year when both Nolan and Del Rio were allowed to suit up in coat-and-tie ensembles manufactured by Reebok during two home games.

But Nolan wanted to wear his old-school outfit at every home game. He saw the move as a tribute to the league's great coaches of the past -- including his father, Dick, who coached the 49ers from 1968-75 but is now in poor health with Alzheimer's disease and prostate cancer.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said other coaches also would be allowed to wear suits at home games if they desired -- though only Nolan and Del Rio expressed interest when the league surveyed the coaches during NFL meetings in Arizona in March.

"Commissioner Goodell made the decision to help," McCarthy said. "It was something that we re-evaluated, and we wanted to work with Coach Nolan and also open it up to other coaches."

Last week, Nolan expressed frustration with the league and Reebok over its reluctance to provide suits, saying the process was "ridiculous," and "they wish it would go away, but I try to keep it alive as much as I can."

Nolan's outfit last season consisted of a black suit, a white shirt and a red-and-gold striped tie. Goodell said the new Reebok outfits for the 2007 season must reflect team colors as well, though the details will be worked out later.

Nolan's quest attracted support from 49ers fans who backed an online movement to persuade every spectator to show up to the home opener wearing a suit and tie.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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Re: Nolan, DelRio Sharp Dressed Men??

Postby Felix the Cat » Wed Jun 13, 2007 6:56 pm

Mike Del Rio?
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Re: Nolan, DelRio Sharp Dressed Men??

Postby mrblitz » Wed Jun 13, 2007 6:58 pm

Felix the Cat wrote:Mike Del Rio?



Didn't catch that, I just copied an pasted it I'll change it though. We all know they mean Jack. :-B
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Re: Nolan, DelRio Sharp Dressed Men??

Postby maddog60 » Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:09 pm

Good. Its a shame Nolan and Del Rio even had to go through all this red tape just to dress like professionals, and show a little class, but its nice to see Goodell making this more than a one time thing like it was last year. While i dont much care how a coach dresses, I thought it was ridiculous to deny a coach the right to dress in a suit when bumwear is acceptable. I understand why, obviously Reebok pays tons to be the sole clothing provider, but especially with the image problems the NFL is concerned about, this was the right move, getting them to make suits.
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Re: Nolan, DelRio Sharp Dressed Men??

Postby stomperrob » Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:42 am

I can't imagine someone actually wanting to wear a suit and tie in the heat of the day in Jax - jeez, I'd be asking the league for permission to just wear my boxers and flip-flops! ;7 :-b
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