Jalen Billups Wants You to Save His Beard


By Ryan Clark
NKU Marketing + Communications

It's possible he might make it by the hair of his chinny-chin-chin.

By noon Wednesday, we'll know for sure.

That's when Jalen Billups will learn whether he has to follow men's basketball coach Dave Bezold's longtime edict — no facial hair allowed in team photos.

Bezold and Billups worked out a deal for the junior forward/center to be able to keep the beard. The star post player has until noon Sept. 17 to secure 1,500 signatures of support in order to keep the facial hair.

So on Tuesday, Billups campaigned for votes in the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union. Bezold was there campaigning to shave the beard with his own signature list. And he had candy for a little help convincing passersby.

By 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Billups had pages and pages of signatures. The coach had just two.

"I'll give double the candy," coach said.

We'll see.