When I wrote about Derek Dooley earlier this month, I got a lot of heat in the KNS comments and elsewhere for daring to describe what Dooley was wearing when talking about football. And all that told me was that those commenters clearly don't know anything about football, because if you spend a lot of time watching football, as I do, and a lot of time talking about football with people who watch a lot of football, as I also do, then you know there is a ton of discussion about clothing. Oregon/Maryland/Georgia's ugly/insane uniforms. Belichick's infamous hoodie. That time the NFL actually let coaches wear Reebok-made suits on the sidelines (sigh).
Dooley is clearly a man who cares about his appearance - you only need look at his hair to know that. So when all the sports media and Vols fans exploded with commentary during the Vols' first game about the orange pants Dooley was wearing on the sidelines, I felt completely vindicated. The pants have now even spawned a fake Twitter feed.
And now, thanks to a promotional video UT aired during last week's game about the making of the pants, we know how much they cost:
Yep, that's a screencap from the video showing what appears to be the work order for the pants with what appears to be a price of $1,423.32 on it. The pants were tailored by John H. Daniel down in the Old City, and we know custom tailoring is not cheap, especially when custom dyeing is involved, so that price seems to be pretty on par with what we'd imagine. However, for all we know, Dooley had more than one pair of pants made for that fee. We've contacted the athletic department about it, but have yet to hear anything - we assume they're probably more concerned with getting to Florida right about now - but we'll update you should we hear anything.
UPDATE: It turns out that 4 in the picture above is actually a "y", and Derek Dooley's pants required 1 yard and 23.32 inches of fabric. According to the KNS sports editor (who now totally hates me), a salesman at John H. Daniel declined to say how much the pants actually cost, but that they were less than $1,400. However, we still stand by our statement that $1,400 is consistent with a lot of pricing of well-made custom-tailored suits, which often run well over $3,000. But we are happy that Dooley will not suffer the indignity of having Gatorade dumped on such an expensive piece of clothing.