Haircut hazing has officially reached epidemic status. Maybe I just wasn’t paying attention as closely in past years or maybe it wasn’t as well-documented, but I don’t ever remember more rookies — and now freshmen — with bad haircuts leading up to the regular season. The Patriots gave their rookies slightly embarrassing haircuts. They were then outdone by Tim Tebow’s Friar Tuck haircut, the Jaguars more vulgar cuts, and the Raiders shaving one entire side of a rookie’s head and face.
According to Sportress of Blogitude, this is a first for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Is a coach yelling at them in the above photo, or are they just that humiliated? Maybe they’re feeling the pressure of being leaned on to revive a program that ranked 113th out of 120 in sacks allowed and last in rushing in the Big Ten last season. In any event, freshmen all over the country should now beware: haricut hazing has reached the collegiate level. Here’s a look at all the rookie and freshman haircut hazing pictures we’ve featured to this point: