Fans of Purdue and/or Gene Keady probably swear that the special assistant/adviser on the St. John’s sidelines this season is a different person. It is, in fact, the former longtime Boilermakers coach sporting a dramatically new look than most people are used to seeing from him.
While in West Lafayette, Keady was widely known for his jet-black comb-over (believed to be a toupée) — a look that he maintained even after he joined Steve Lavin’s Red Storm staff in 2010. This year, however, the 76-year-old Keady has allowed baldness to take its course and stopped coloring his hair in.
Why the new look? As Toni Ginetti pointed out, Keady remarried in June three years after being widowed from his wife of 28 years, Pat. A new marriage is the type of thing you’d expect to be a catalyst for an image overhaul.
Personally, we like the au naturel look from Keady.
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