The gray jerseys Oklahoma State wore for its 2011 season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette created a lot of buzz and controversy, one of the biggest complaints being that the orange numbers were tough to read from the stands (and press box).
But Nike and the Cowboys have tried to fix that issue, switching the color of the numbers on the 2012 version of the gray jersey to black with orange trim.
I spotted the change while in the football offices Friday for OSU’s Football 101 for Women clinic and snapped a photo with my phone. The jersey was on one of several mannequins demonstrating OSU’s wide range of uniform combinations.
OSU equipment manager Wes Edwards told me Friday that since all the uniforms were brand new last season, no one completely realized that the orange numbers on the gray jersey would be so difficult to read from high up. OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken also mentioned Friday that he knew Boone Pickens was not a fan of the gray jerseys for that very reason. It would not shock me if the mega-booster had something to do with the change.
Now, the gray jersey’s overall place in OSU’s repertoire of uniform options is a whole different debate. The only time the Cowboys wore them last season was for that ULL game, while they wore black jerseys four times (Arizona, Kansas, Kansas State, Fiesta Bowl) and orange jerseys twice (Baylor, Oklahoma). Something tells me that wasn’t an accident or coincidence.
But it’s all but guaranteed that OSU will wear the gray sometime in 2012. At least we all should be able to tell who made the catch or tackle this time.