Sunday, December 31, 2017

Orange Is The New Brown (Mustache)

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Don Brown, who went from coaching at nearby Hartford (VT) High School to Dartmouth and at a bunch of other places including Boston College before eventually becoming the highly regarded defensive coordinator at Michigan, won't be hard to miss at the Outback Bowl and not just because the camera loves him. (When I was at the newspaper we had a remarkable picture of Don giving someone the Mike Singletary stare that we kept around for years. What made it so interesting is that while Brown could give players an unbelievable hairy eyeball, nobody, and I mean nobody, was more beloved by his players.) But I digress.

The reason Don Brown will be hard to miss Monday is a good one. He's dyed his trademark mustache orange as part of the ChadTough Foundation fundraiser to fight Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. Find an story with a doctored (?) photo of Don Brown HERE.

There's a good explanation of the initiative on Twitter:
University of Michigan defensive lineman Chase Winovich challenged Michigan fans to raise money for The ChadTough Foundation. He said that if foundation received at least $15,000 in donations (for his No. 15 jersey), he would dye his hair orange for the Outback Bowl vs. South Carolina (Jan. 1, 2018)! 
Well, Michigan fans delivered! The $15,000 goal was reached in 13 hours! Since that happened, his teammates Grant Newsome, Mo Hurst, Devin Bush, and honorary teammate Larry Prout Jr. have said they would dye their hair as well!
Then the big finale - Defensive Coordinator Don Brown said he would dye his mustache! 
Here's another Tweet:
It is with my great honor that I welcome our Defensive Coordinator, Coach Don Brown to the fight against DIPG! And at $125,000, he will be dyeing his legendary mustache orange! 
And Don's great response: