A thrilling NCAA tournament is down to the championship game, and the Final Four gave us one legendary game and one Father v. Son showdown (between assistant coaches, but still).
If the Final Four isn’t dramatic enough, we had a Dad coaching against his son with a national championship berth on the line. Alvin Brooks is an assistant coach at Houston, and his son, Alvin Brooks III, is an assistant coach at Baylor. Houston is in its first Final Four since 1984, and faced Baylor, in their first Final Four in 70 years, for a spot in the title game. And it was son and Baylor who came out on top of Dad and Houston, as Baylor advanced to face Gonzaga in the national title game.
Still, the fact that both got to face each other in the Final Four was a special story. The son shared the cool family moment when he hugged his dad with pride after Baylor’s win to get them to the Final Four.
“I am coaching against my pops in the Final Four. Everyday I would say I can’t wait to see what God have in store. This is a big moment for our family!” he wrote.
I am coaching against my Pops @Coach_Al_Brooks in the Final Four 😳 Everyday I would say I can’t wait to see what God have in store. This is a big moment for our family! #FinalFour pic.twitter.com/NT44kW98if
— Alvin Brooks III (@Coach_AB3) March 30, 2021
The Brooks family did NOT take sides in Saturday’s game, as they had special shirts created that split down the middle, so they can support both.
And, for a coach’s son, Alvin said his dad never pushed him to the sport.
“It allowed me to grow and do what I love to do,” he told reporters. “I actually never wanted to be a coach, so he never really brought me around the gym as much because he wanted me to be a kid and enjoy it organically.”
There was a lot on the line Saturday for Dad and son, but no matter the outcome, the special moment can best be summed up by dad, who shared the video saying “ALL LOVE!”