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Friday, September 24, 2010
Pullen shaves beard, world keeps spinning

By Eamonn Brennan

And so, dear friends, you'll just have to carry on. The dream is over. Jacob Pullen has shaved his beard. From Jason King:
“I shaved it, man,” Pullen said Wednesday. “It was time for a break.” [...] Pullen’s facial hair isn’t completely gone. The Wildcats guard said he merely trimmed the whiskers he’d been growing for the better part of a year.

“It was hard to go any place without being noticed,” Pullen said. “I’d wear a hood but you could still see the beard hanging down. I wanted to get away from all the attention on campus and just be a normal student for awhile.

“With the beard, I couldn’t hide.”

Naturally, this will come as a major shock to anyone who found "Fear The Beard" to be one of the more awesome college hoops fan rallies of recent vintage. For so many games, Kansas State -- and, by proxy, its suddenly rabid fan base -- lived and died with The Beard. It was also a handy brand identity for Pullen, who emerged last season as one of college hoops' best players at roughly the same rate as The Beard gained its status as a household name.

And yet, another idol sheds his former existence, and the world keeps on moving. So it goes. I don't believe in The Beard. I just believe in me. Whiskers and me. Something like that, anyway.