"It has been said that recruits and players love the black uniforms," said Michael Perez, an OSU fan from Tulsa. "What better time to showcase them than on national TV for the first conference game of the year?"
Wearing anything but orange uniforms is an issue for some Cowboys fans, who believe strongly in OSU's "Sea of Orange" at Boone Pickens Stadium and think the Cowboys' orange uniforms are a central foundation of the orange-filled stadium.
"Anytime you bring up anything but orange jerseys at home, the traditional Oklahoma State fans don't like it," Gundy said.
One often overlooked aspect of the debate is the fact the players enjoy wearing the black jerseys and recruits like the look of them. That fact alone should carry a lot of weight, because anything that excites current players and attracts recruits to the program should be considered a positive by everyone involved, no matter what side of the debate they reside on.
"At first I didn't like them, but they have grown on me," Perez said. "Besides, if they help sell a recruit on choosing OSU, I'm all for them."
Said Hiram Sasser, an OSU fan from Plano, Texas: "The black uniforms appeal to recruits, players, and a new generation of up and coming donors/season ticket holders — that's enough for me to support them."