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Commentary: Kansas State, Oregon on opposite ends of the fashion spectrum

By Kellis Robinett, The Wichita Eagle Published: December 26, 2012

“That's kind of lame to me,” Harper said. “Oregon started that thing. Let them have their thing. Let them be who they are. Every school (is) trying to jump on the bandwagon with different jerseys, too. The thing is nobody can do what Oregon is doing because they have Phil Knight. You don't have Phil Knight.

“Just be who you are. That's one thing I like about being out here. We know who we are. You don't see us jumping out with any ‘Pro Combats' or new gloves or stuff all the time. We do what we do. We play in games. It's not about the jerseys, it's about who plays on the field.”

There is certainly something to be said for a consistent look. Not all new uniforms are good. Maryland and Michigan both received negative reactions for wearing obnoxiously loud jerseys. That's something Texas, Oklahoma and Penn State don't have to worry about. They are well known for wearing the same uniforms every time they take the field. Their helmets and jerseys are iconic.

Still, some K-State players would prefer something new.

“I do like the old-school look that coach Snyder brings, but it is becoming a new game,” sophomore center B.J. Finney said. “Some guys would like to see some new uniforms.”

Nike has shown it is willing to provide the Wildcats with new looks. Both the men's and women's basketball teams have modified their uniforms in past years. The men's team currently has four color combinations to choose from, and their jerseys are made of light, state-of-the-art fabric.

Nike could create a new look for the football team with ease, but new football uniforms seem like a pipe dream as long as Snyder is in charge.

“He doesn't change his shoes,” Harper said of his coach. “I doubt he is going to change our uniforms.”

The Wildcats occasionally wore an alternate uniform that featured purple pants under Ron Prince, but the look didn't go over well. K-State returned to its classic look full time when Snyder came out of retirement.

Oregon has changed its uniforms countless times since. K-State never considered doing the same.

“We know that is never going to happen here,” Finney said. “I'm not too disappointed about it. I like the look that we have.”

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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