Former Purdue coach Gene Keady spent $600 a week on his combover

Tuesday November 11th, 2014

Gene Keady was 44 when he was hired as Purdue's basketball coach. He was nearly 70 by the time he retired. During the intervening years he lost a lot of hair. Desperate to keep his scalp covered, Keady resorted to sporting a combover. It was not a good look. 

Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star caught up with Keady recently and gained a little insight into his famous 'do. 

Keady says not all of the hair was even his. He had extensions. He also paid his personal hairdresser $300 two times a week to touch it up. 

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Keady blames the whole thing on the media.

"I did it because I was on TV," he told Doyel. "I did it because I was going bald. I thought I looked gorgeous with the combover. Of course, it was very ugly."

Eventually, despite the combover, Keady got married, and his wife convinced him to shave the thing off. Underneath, she found a skin cancer. So getting rid of the ridiculous haircut may have just saved his life. He's now a bald assistant at St. John's. 

- Dan Gartland

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