Oklahoma junior Keach Ballard sported a more closely shaved hairstyle for Tuesday’s Bedlam game, which Oklahoma State won 3-1.
Later in the week, plenty of his teammates will be joining Ballard with shaved locks.
The Sooners are holding a “Shave for the Brave” event following practice at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The event is part of the fundraising for the Vs. Cancer Foundation.
The organization was founded by former North Carolina baseball player Chase Jones. Jones battled brain cancer as a freshman.
“There are 150,000 kids around the country going bald this year without a choice,” OU coach Pete Hughes said. “Our guys are raising awareness by shaving their heads. The most important thing, though, are the donations.”
The players are each raising money for the foundation. The team’s combined goal was $15,000, which has already been exceeded. Hughes said he expected the team to top $20,000.
The fundraiser is part of Hughes’ “19 Ways” series of community service projects.
Hughes started the mission at Virginia Tech in honor of his late mother, Alice. Her favorite number was 19.
Hughes wants his team to have an impact on the community in 19 different ways each year.
Other projects included reading to children at the Moore Crossroad Children’s Center and spending time with residents at Rivermont Retirement Home in Norman.
Oklahoma State will resume Big 12 play at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Texas Tech.
The teams will also play at 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Sooners will take a break from conference action, hosting Cal State Bakersfield at 6 p.m. Friday. Saturday’s game will start at 2 p.m., with Sunday’s at 1 p.m.
KRUGER GETS IT STARTED
Exactly three years after being named Oklahoma’s men’s basketball coach, Lon Kruger threw out the first pitch before Tuesday’s game.
Kruger grew up playing both baseball and basketball in Kansas. He was 1-6 with a 2.81 ERA with a pair of Cardinals minor league affiliates in the 1974 season.
His first coaching job was as a volunteer baseball assistant at Washburn.
Kruger isn’t the only Sooners basketball coach to get his start with an April 1 hire. Billy Tubbs was hired on April 1, 1980.