Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bailey's Season Has Been Hair-Raising Experience; Gators' Senior Safety Says His Locks, and Play, Have a Ways to Go

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bailey's Season Has Been Hair-Raising Experience; Gators' Senior Safety Says His Locks, and Play, Have a Ways to Go

Article excerpt

Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union

GAINESVILLE -- Like most kids, Cory Bailey couldn't wait until he turned 18.

Not because he could finally vote or move out of his house.

Bailey's 18th birthday meant he could finally quit going to the barber.

"We used to argue about his hair because he wanted to start growing his hair when he was about 14 or 15 and I said, 'No way,' " said Bailey's mother Jean. "Then I told him, 'When you turn 18 you can grow your hair,' "

When that day -- Feb. 14, 2000 -- finally arrived, Jean Bailey stood by her word -- as long as her son met certain conditions.

"You must promise me that it cannot be ragamuffin -- you know, how the real Rastafarians wear it," Jean Bailey said she told Cory. "We can't have that. So he promised to keep it neat and I said 'OK.'

"Now I love it."

Bailey is one of several Florida players who wear their hair in dreadlocks. Brian Crum and Reynaldo Hill do as well, but Bailey's 'do is the longest. It sticks out of the back of his helmet, and he corrals the dreadlocks with a rubber band when he's walking around campus.

It's a style similar to those worn by NFL cornerbacks Al Harris, Mike McKenzie and R.W. McWhorters. Bailey, though, isn't sure if he's going to let his grow as long as theirs. He's not sure when he's going to get it cut, either.

"I keep telling everybody when I have my first child, but that's just to have people stop asking questions about it," he said as the No. 20 Gators (4-2, 2-2 SEC) continued preparations for Saturday's game at Mississippi State (1-5, 0-3).

"When I started growing mine, Crum came in and Reynaldo came in [to the program]. I don't think I started a trend, I just didn't want to get my hair braided or cut anymore so it just went from there."

Hill guaranteed that he won't cut his hair before Bailey.

"I want to [keep it forever] but if it comes to a point where I have to, I'll cut it," Hill said.

Actually, Bailey may want to consider at least a trim as sort of an anti-Sampson thing. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.