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Oklahoma football: Sooners reach a compromise on uniforms

COMMENTARY — While not ditching the classic look, OU tries to keep up with the times by introducing its set of alternate uniforms.
by Berry Tramel Modified: July 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm •  Published: July 1, 2014

photo - Photo/University of Oklahoma Athletics
Photo/University of Oklahoma Athletics

If OU holds to the claim that it will wear its classic uniforms most of the time, that’s a moral victory for the traditionalists.

“We love our iconic look,” Joe C said. “It’s classy. It’s timeless. We know who we are. We’re not trying to change that. In no way, shape or form are we abandoning our classic look. Just something we can wear occasionally.”

Schools like Oklahoma State and Oregon and Baylor have made great strides with snazzy uniforms. But again, their uniform changes are popular and trendy because OSU and Oregon and Baylor have reversed their football fortunes and won big. In case you haven’t noticed, Kansas does all kinds of things with its football uniforms and nobody notices or cares.

And OSU and Oregon, particularly, admit they had established no uniform tradition. The uniform craze they’ve embraced is their tradition. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But that is not OU’s tradition.

“There’s just certain things you don’t have to change,” Castiglione said. “Programs like Oklahoma, Alabama or Notre Dame, Michigan, they have uniforms that stand the test of time. You turn on that TV, you know exactly who’s playing. Those are great looks, there’s no reason to deviate from them. By the same token, you’d like something a little bit different.”

If Castiglione and Co. ever decide to scrap the classics, then we’ll talk. Until then, be grateful for the compromise. It could be much worse.

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