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Hair-raising Issues

As a symbol of team unity, each member of the Maryland men's basketball team was supposed to get the same haircut -- a mohawk -- before yesterday's game against Virginia Tech. Junior forward Landon Milbourne went first, though his was quite subtle. From a distance, it was difficult to make out the mohawk design.

Dutifully, sophomore guard Adrian Bowie followed suit. And he went all-out. Bowie's head was completely shaved, save for a definitive stripe straight down the middle.

Asked afterward about his new style, Bowie declared his disappointment in his teammates with look of deep frustration.

"Only me and Landon did it," he said. "They all kind of punked out on us. It was supposed to be a team thing. Landon got it first and then I did it. Everybody said they were going to do it, and then they didn’t do it."

Then a grin spread wide across Bowie's face. He was not miffed after all. In fact, he seemed to enjoy the new dew.

When asked if Bowie and Milbourne were perhaps the most gullible players on the team, freshman guard Sean Mosley agreed.

"Adrian and Landon, they guys that do anything just to have a little bit of fun around here," Mosley said with a smile. "We all joked about getting mohawks, but I’m not cutting my hair."

Dan Steinberg has much more reaction to the mohawk fad in D.C. Sports Bog.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 15, 2009; 4:59 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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