Reaction to Thursday's unveiling of the Oklahoma State football jerseys came from a variety of places. With football season fast approaching, it has certainly become a hot topic.
Message boards lit up. Websites received unprecedented traffic. Numerous people weighed in with their opinions on the Cowboy clothing line.
And, as OSU announcer Dave Hunziker said, that kind of attention doesn't come to a mediocre program.
“The fact that Nike wanted to pair with Oklahoma State tells you where this program is at,” Hunziker said. “If they are going 6-6 every year, I doubt there would be much interest.”
But sparkling new facilities, a flashy style of play and success on the field have brought that heavy interest. And with it, 48 combinations of uniforms.
Uniforms that are soon to be spotted all around Stillwater.
The growing Cowboy fan base, a group that has been eagerly awaiting this announcement for several months, wants a piece of the new memorabilia. Just ask Chris' University Spirit employee Ridge Roberts.
“We have had a number of people calling or coming in asking about them,” Roberts said. “It's tough because we have to tell them we aren't getting them in until at least late August.”
But that can't stop the excitement.
More than 3,000 voted on The Oklahoman's web poll, with the uniforms receiving a nearly 74 percent approval rating.
“When I first heard the rumors, I was worried they were going to go too crazy,” longtime OSU fan Terrance Larimer said. “But when I saw them, I thought they did some cool things and still didn't go overboard.”
And just like many fans, Larimer is hoping to see a particular combination in game action.
“I'm interested to see the black helmet, orange top, black pants,” Larimer said. “The gray helmet too. I love that gray helmet.”
Hunziker, who has called plenty of Cowboys games over the last ten years, is also excited about the new color.
“I'm intrigued to see how the gray pants look with some of the combinations,” Hunziker said. “I'm not ready to judge it until I see it on the field in game condition.”
His final verdict on the gray pants may not be out, but Hunziker is sure of one thing. He, like a majority of the fans, is for the uniforms. It adds another layer to a new and exciting era in OSU football.
“We have really rebranded our football program with our recent success,” Hunziker said. “So it seems to me the perfect time to rebrand your identity.”