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Oklahoma State football: Could uniform choice confuse Tech?

by Berry Tramel Modified: October 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm •  Published: October 29, 2013


Mike Gundy says he doesn’t even know who the player representatives are who pick the Cowboys’ uniform combinations each week. I find that hard to believe, but whatever.

Whoever it is, I have an idea for them. I trotted it past Gundy on Monday, and he didn’t think it was a half bad idea.

Did you see the Tech uniforms last Saturday against the Sooners? Tech wore gray helmets with red trim, white jerseys with red trim, and gray pants with red and black trim.

In other words, they looked an awful lot like OSU’s gray/white/gray pattern, particularly the cool combination the Cowboys wore at Texas A&M in 2011. OSU’s trim is orange, rather than Tech’s red, but frankly, the difference is not huge.

Tech and OSU both have gone to the new uniform look with an array of options. Which offers the Cowboys this unique opportunity.

At Lubbock this Saturday, OSU could play in uniforms that look quite a bit like the uniforms Tech played in just seven days previous. And with a freshman quarterback (Davis Webb) going for Tech, why not play with his mind? Why not try to put in a split second of indecision on a play or two here or there? Why not make Webb have to remember which color he’s throwing to?

I don’t know if that would work. I know I’ve seen a lot of uniforms that shouldn’t be legal – Brigham Young’s two-tone look of a few years ago, I thought were a clear violation of the intent of uniform rules, which is to distinguish between the teams.

But if OSU could plant a seed of doubt, wouldn’t it be worth it?

“You kind of get a chuckle out of that,” Gundy said, then his mind started to race.

When Gundy coached at Maryland in the ACC, George O’Leary coached Georgia Tech and had the Yellowjackets wear white at home. They wore white on the road, naturally, since most teams wear a solid color at home.

“They had white on all the time,” Gundy said. “We thought they had done that for their quarterback, identification and location, throughout the year.”

Back when he was the Cowboy quarterback, Gundy set an NCAA record by starting his career with 138 passes without an interception. Of course, he went on to throw 37 over four years.

Gundy said that when he finally threw a pick, OSU’s running backs coach in 1986, Bill Shimek, told him, “If you’re unsure, we’re the team in orange, Colorado’s the team in white.”

“I’ve always remembered that,” Gundy said.

The other day, Gundy’s 11-year-old son threw an interception in a youth game. Gundy pulled out Shimek’s old line. “Your team was wearing orange,” he told his son. “The other team was wearing blue.”

A uniform designed to confuse Davis Webb? “Maybe we need to look into it,” Gundy said.


by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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