Shelley Meyer once loved the mustache, but Urban’s beard? ‘Get rid of that’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Facial hair worked once for Urban Meyer. But now the woman who fell for the future Ohio State coach when he was sporting a mustache wants it all gone.

As soon as possible.

Now less than a week from the season opener for the Buckeyes and with training camp in the rear-view mirror, for reasons that even Shelley Meyer can’t explain, her husband hasn’t shaved the salt-and-pepper beard that he started growing during summer vacation. But she’s openly campaigning both on Twitter and at home for its prompt removal and the return of a “younger looking” Urban.

“It is hysterical to me that it is getting as much attention as it is,” Shelley Meyer said. “But as bad as it looks right now, I can see why it is. I do not like it.

“And I told him that I think it makes him look older. He’s like, ‘Really?’ Well, yes! There’s gray in it. He looks like a grandpa now. And I’m just not a facial-hair girl.”

Even in college, Shelley didn’t consider herself a fan of anything but smooth, clean faces. At least until she met Urban and his mustache.

As he worked his way up the coaching ranks, Meyer kept it until he turned 30. That’s when he surprised his wife with an unexpected shave that would become his sideline look for the rest of his career. Until now.

“I liked when he had his mustache back in the day,” Shelley said. “You know, I never was a [facial-hair fan], but then when I met him, he was so cute anyway, I loved it on him. And that was just how I knew him.

“The first time he ever shaved it off was when he turned 30. He walked out; he didn’t tell me he was going to shave it. He walked out and I went, ‘Oh my gosh, you look like you’re 12 years old, like a little boy.’ That was it, that was the end of the mustache and he never had it again — not counting vacation goatees. Until this. This is by far the farthest he’s gone with any facial hair.”

The beard isn’t expected to survive much longer, particularly given Urban Meyer’s fondness for routine. He’s won three national championships without any facial hair, and it would turn heads in the Meyer family if he started chasing a fourth with some.

But Shelley joked that it has saved him time in the morning, letting him “get out the door in 45 seconds.” It’s also been a publicity magnet, with a recent social-media post shared by a recruit quickly going viral thanks to Urban’s combination of beard and glasses that almost made him unrecognizable.

Shelley suspects her husband’s sense of humor might also be playing a factor.

“Now it’s turned into this media thing, and I think he kind of thinks that it’s funny and he’s enjoying it,” Shelley said. “But I really don’t know why and I keep telling him, ‘You’re so fuzzy. I don’t know what you’re doing. You’ve got to get rid of that.’ And that was not a good picture [on Twitter], not a good look with the little grandpa glasses on and the beard.

“I think I’m officially married to an old man, just looking at him. And he’s not that old [53]. He’ll look totally different when he finally shaves it off. I do not know when that’s going to be, but I don’t expect this thing to stay around very long. I don’t think he wants to go into game week looking like this, but only he knows. It’s a mystery.”

Make no mistake: For Shelley Meyer, the sooner the issue is solved with a razor, the better.

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