Column - Is it time to add a new jersey to WVU’s closet?
Published: Thursday, October 13, 2011
Updated: Thursday, October 13, 2011 00:10
Let me preface this by saying I am not a fashion-minded individual. I'd like to think Bob Huggins and Dana Holgorsen aren't either. However, the two head coaches may be on to something with their game day clothing choices.
Mountaineer fans have spoken out in the past about the black jumpsuit Huggins routinely wears on the sidelines. Those same fans have voiced their displeasure with the black polo Holgorsen and other members of his staff have been sporting this season.
A quick Google search will tell you two things regarding this topic: The first is that people on various message boards are not afraid to say how upset they are about the lack of gold and blue.
The second is that despite spirited searches by potential buyers, nobody knows where to purchase the identical gear the coaches wear.
It has been the theory of naysayers that Holgorsen wears black because he doesn't like gold and blue and maybe isn't a true Mountaineer at heart yet.
I say he wears black simply because, well, it looks cool.
The black gear got me thinking, and in the spirit of the current fashion trends in the college football landscape, I think it's time to propose a black uniform combination for the football team.
It's not too far-fetched, this idea. The basketball team already has an alternate black uniform they wear occasionally, and the general consensus is that it is popular when worn in moderation.
Accordingly, the key to a popular new black football uniform would be to wear it sparingly – as in once per season.
I'm not trying to change the school colors. I'm very aware, and very proud, of the traditional gold and blue that showcases the pride and tradition of this great University.
But wouldn't it be fun to see a coal rush come to Milan Puskar Stadium?
The basics for my proposal are these: black pants, black jersey and black helmet. The design should be as basic and professional as possible, but also have attributes that stand out from the regular uniforms.
There's no need to get pattern-crazy (Maryland) or attach wings to the shoulders (Oregon). The goal is to create a fun, new uniform that would generate excitement among players, fans and potential recruits.
It's common knowledge that stylish, unique uniform combinations are used as a recruiting tool.
It is certainly not the most important aspect of selecting a school for a recruit, but it does merit at least a little consideration in the decision-making process.
Further, a black uniform could mean additional revenue for the program. The rabid Mountaineer fan base would be sure to pick up another replica jersey for its closet.
And to think, they could potentially wear this one for multiple seasons, unlike last year's one-game Pro Combat uniform.
A uniform of this nature would certainly draw some grumblings from fans who are cemented in more traditional ways, but as long as West Virginia were to win and land more big-time recruits, it would cure the initial outcry.
We've already seen an increased effort in creating a more fun, player-focused environment around the football program.
Before the LSU game, we heard more from Waka Flocka Flame and Kanye West than at any other time in recent memory.
There were certainly some fans in the stands shaking their head at the catchy, upbeat hip hop tunes coming over the loudspeakers.
Then again, there were dozens of recruits on the field bouncing from side to side, caught up in the magical moment only a night game in Morgantown can provide.
A black uniform combination would be a change of scenery for a team heavily rooted in traditional ways, but the benefits of a new uniform outweigh the drawbacks.
Who would have thought that Huggins and Holgorsen would be fashion inspirations?