NU coaches to get close shave for good cause

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald often jokes that despite his age (34), his line of work makes him go gray in a hurry.

Fitzgerald won't have to worry about his hair color after Wednesday night.

In an effort to raise money for childhood cancer research, Fitzgerald and at least three of his assistants will have their heads shaved tonight at a barber shop in Evanston. The proceeds from the event go to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which funds cancer research.

Fitzgerald, defensive backs coach Jerry Brown, linebackers coach Randy Bates and offensive line coach Adam Cushing are among the men losing their locks.

Fitzgerald, Bates and others are participating in honor of former Wildcats fullback Matt Hartl, who teamed with Fitzgerald on the 1995 Rose Bowl team and died of Hodgkin's disease in 1999. They also will honor Ainsley Bates, the daughter of Northwestern assistant athletic director Betsi Burns, who is undergoing treatment for Langerhans cell histiocytosis.

"Our entire coaching staff has a great passion for this organization and its mission," Fitzgerald said. "We hope our small contributions will create more awareness for pediatric cancer and the individuals it has impacted."

After Fitzgerald's recent dental mishap and now this, you have to wonder if his wife will look at him again after tonight. But this is for a great cause, and there should be some good pictures from the event.