STILLWATER – Oklahoma State boasts 48 combinations with its new Nike football apparel, but has yet to name a uniform coordinator.
High in the saddle with their loftiest preseason ranking ever (No. 8 in the coaches' poll), the Cowboys search for their football fashionista as the spotlight shines brightly.
Will seniors be asked to coordinate the colors each week? Will the entire team vote every Monday? Will it be up to the team captains? Perhaps the player of the game will earn the honor of choosing the following week's uniforms.
Should such a highly scrutinized position of power be handled by just one person, or should the majority rule?
Head man Mike Gundy was chosen the league's best-dressed coach two weeks ago at Media Days in Dallas, but the reigning Big 12 coach of the year has said he has no interest in the gig.
"We haven't decided yet how we're going to decide," OSU equipment coordinator Wes Edwards explained aptly.
The team's new clothing line is stored inside the massiveness of Boone Pickens Stadium, and the Cowboys like what they see.
"Thanks to Mr. Pickens, we have enough closet space," Edwards said.
For home games, jerseys will be available in orange, black and gray. Pants have four options in orange, black, gray and white. Helmets come in white, black and gray.
Several OSU players have volunteered their services as uniform coordinator.
"I feel pretty good about me," junior fullback Kye Staley said. "A lot of people on this team be hatin' on the Polo (shirts I wear) and I don't want to be hurting anyone's feelings, but I'd pick me."
Asked who he considered to be the Cowboys' best-dressed player, senior wide receiver Hubert Anyiam grudgingly offered sophomore running back Joseph Randle. "Joseph has been known to look good," Anyiam said, "other than me, of course."
Senior free safety Johnny Thomas wasn't running scared. "I'd be pretty creative if they give me that job," Thomas said. "I think the fans would like what I come up with. I know I can handle it."
Chatty senior defensive end Richetti Jones predictably endorsed himself. "I feel if I was uniform coordinator, I'd be the best in the country," Jones said.
Staley playfully questioned allowing the senior class to pick the wardrobe, however.
"Especially with the seniors we have," Staley said. "Running backs, we've got style. We look sharp when we want to, but wide receivers just don't care. They aren't trying to impress nobody.
"Look good, feel good – that's how I see it."
Senior Brandon Weeden is 27 years old and on the cusp of becoming the most prolific quarterback in OSU history, but senior strong safety/fashion police officer Markelle Martin is concerned.
"I'm worried about Weeden," Martin said. "He's got that 'old-man' style. I'm nervous to see what he might put together. Weeden's pretty much a traditional guy, like myself. So I'm thinking probably orange-on-white, or white-on-white."
Remember, no white-on-white after Labor Day.
Edwards said the quicker all this fashion makes sense, the better.
"I hope we decide the entire season before we start so it's not a distraction every week," Edwards said. "And if we do decide, do we put it out there (publicly), or do we keep in to ourselves?"
Who will solve this Cowboy Conundrum?
"I don't think I want that job," senior All-American wide receiver Justin Blackmon said. "You can't make everyone happy."
Senior defensive end Jamie Blatnick recommended Edwards. "We should just let Wes do it, then every week would be a surprise," Blatnick said. "He's used to the pressure. We mess with him all the time about stuff."
Edwards promptly declined.
"That's a lot of pressure," Edwards said of becoming a dual coordinator, "and I don't need all those e-mails."
The uniforms were the rage for several days after being revealed July 28. In a Newsok.com poll, 74.4 percent approved of the move.
However, OSU players said uniforms are not the primary topic of conversation inside the locker room.
Randle: "I really don't care what we wear on game day. I just want us to win. We think they're all nice, but we also liked our old ones, too."
Blackmon: "No matter what we're wearing, we're still going to have to go out and perform. It's all about whether you want to be there or not, no matter what you're wearing."
Martin: "When we actually put them on, we'll be that much more excited, but it seems like we've always been switching jerseys. As long as the 'OSU' is on the helmet, we're fine. I can see where Kye is coming from. You want to look good, feel good, play good. As long as I can tell the difference between our uniform and the other team's uniform, it's all good."
Jones: "It doesn't matter what you have on. It's not going to make you play any better, or any worse. To me, they're just clothes, even though they look great. I'm all for it, but that's not my main concern. Just give me my uniform and let's go."
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