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Judging By This Photo, Why Would People Have Thought Mariucci And Izzo Were Gay?

Hoo boy.

In an interview for an episode of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel set to air tonight on HBO, before they went on to have very successful coaching careers, Steve Mariucci and Tom Izzo reveal that back in college at Northern Michigan University, a lot of people thought they were gay lovers because of how close they were with each other.

From Campus Rivalry (via Guyism):

“I swear to God, yes. People thought we were a little bit too close,” Mariucci says during an interview that will air Tuesday on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, according to The Detroit News.

“I think our parents wondered if we ever were going to go our separate ways,” Izzo said.

Izzo, who was an All-America guard in college, and Mariucci, an All-America quarterback, said people began talking about their relationship because they were simply inseparable.

At team awards banquets, they would take the other as a date.

“Well, I would bring him, he would bring me,” Mariucci said. “Free meal, right? So people started wondering a little bit about us.”

Well, that’s certainly strange. Usually, when a man brings another man to an event as his “date”, the possibility that they are gay would never have crossed my mind, although I can see how some people may have thought it a bit queer (not that there’s anything wrong with it) when they would hold each other close and slow dance to Rod Stewart’s “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)”. Hey, it was 1977 and times were different back then.

Relationship between Tom Izzo, Steve Mariucci raised eyebrows in college [Campus Rivalry]
People thought Izzo and Mariucci were more than just friends [Guyism]