Since quarantine began in the United States and barbershops across the country closed down, Americans have decided to take up some unique hairstyles. Illinois football coach Lovie Smith has made a massive change himself, and no one saw it coming.
Smith has decided to say goodbye to his famous, wizardly beard, trading that grayed face-warmer for a clean-shaven look. The Illinois football Twitter account shared images of the new Lovie, and it's just not the same.
Smith is 62 years old, but without the thick white beard he apppears far younger. While that's great and all, he just simply doesn't look like the Lovie Smith we came to know and love roaming the sidelines in Urbana-Champaign.
Smith has had coaching success in both the NFL and college football. He was the Chicago Bears' head coach from 2004-2012, taking home the NFL Coach of the Year award in 2005. He led the Bears to the Super Bowl in the 2006 season before later spending two years coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He headed to Illinois in 2016.
Smith shocked fans by growing out the beard during his time with the Illini, and it became difficult to imagine him without it. On Twitter, fans have already made it clear that they miss the Santa Claus look.
The Fighting Illini are 15-34 in four years under Smith. Was it a matter of the coach having a bad luck beard? We'll get to find out this year, but fans are already not liking the change.