For those of you who don’t know, I am slightly obsessed with critiquing uniforms. This Fall, TU will have brand new football uniforms courtesy of Adidas. When I heard the news that Tulsa was switching from Nike I was initially very disappointed, because Nike Uniforms are simply better than Adidas. However, I understand that this move made sense financially for the school, and I’m ultimately okay with the decision if Tulsa rolls out in something like this. Here are 8 things I want to see (or don’t want to see) when Adidas releases the new uniforms.
1. A Blue Helmet
Initial word from the equipment department is Adidas is keeping the white, and black helmets, and altering the gold. I think they should really consider adding a blue helmet to Tulsa’s repertoire. TU has never had a blue helmet, well okay they actually have, but I’m thinking of a blue helmet that matches the jersey. Throwing in a chrome facemask and golden chrome TU logo would make it look sharp.
2. Gold Jersey
For being the Golden Hurricane, TU does not wear a lot of gold. Adding a simple Gold Jersey like the basketball team did would be great, and it would give Tulsa another home jersey to wear besides the blue one. It could also create some cool combos with the blue pants and helmet.
3. No Black Jersey
I am not in favor of adding a black jersey to go with the pants and helmet. Black is way too over worn in the college football world now, and in most cases it looks really bad.
4. Incorporation of the Oklahoma State Outline
Surprisingly, neither OSU nor OU have gotten on this yet, but I think it would be cool to put the Oklahoma state outline on a helmet or collar, like WVU did a few years ago. I suggest using something similar to the logo I created for this website.
5. Minor Changes to the Jerseys
I loved Nike’s white and blue TU football jerseys. My favorite aspect to them were the double outlines on the numbers. Adidas has a habit of making the numbers reflective and messy, they would be best served here making minor updates on the collar and maybe adding some shoulder striping, but don’t mess with the numbers.
6. Major Changes to the Pants
As much as I loved Tulsa’s jerseys last year, their pants were quite bland. I would love to see Adidas update these to add some gold, blue, and red striping like Oklahoma State used to have. This would give Tulsa more flexibility on their uniform combinations, and better looking uniforms overall.
7. No “Tire Tread” Marks
As we’ve seen in nearly every Adidas football uniform, Adidas is obsessed with putting these tire tread looking designs on the upper front part of the jersey. They are ugly, they are odd, and they are unnecessary. Please don’t this Adidas.
8. Please, please no use of Captain Cane
If I see this on a Tulsa uniform next year, I may just have to cheer for a different team.