STILLWATER — The edgy Pistol Pete, eyes peering from beneath the big-brimmed cowboy hat, stands out on one of Oklahoma State's new Nike uniforms. On the hip.
Of slate gray pants. And there are black pants and white pants and orange pants. And matching and mixing jerseys and helmets — yes, gray and black helmets — all part of a major wardrobe makeover for the Cowboys, who are getting the “Oregon” treatment in outfitting the football team. Talk of OSU unveiling new uniforms has buzzed on the internet message boards for months, with much anticipation surrounding what Nike may do. Well, the swoosh group has done a lot, providing the Cowboys with 48 uniform combinations including jerseys, pants and helmets in four colors — white, orange, black and gray. Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden, in the know for sometime, found it difficult to keep the secret. “I made a promise that I wouldn't say anything and keep it hush-hush,” Weeden said. Until now, with the school unveiling its new look, or looks. “I think they're awesome,” Weeden said. “I think it's great timing. We had our old uniforms for five or six years. It's 2011, you've got to change it up every once in a while. “I think the consensus among the players is that they're awesome. We love them.” Said OSU cornerback Brodrick Brown: “The uniforms are terrific, all the combinations and the helmets to go along with it.” Nike, co-founded by Oregon alum Phil Knight, started this with the Ducks, pushing the envelope on multiple combinations and colors for years. For this season, Nike's new designs will be featured at OSU, Arizona State, Washington State, Kentucky, TCU and Wyoming. And, surely, something is in the mix for Oregon, which received special treatment with a new look for the BCS Championship game in January. “I always was a humongous fan of Oregon's uniforms,” Weeden said. “You'd watch an Oregon game and it was always like, ‘What are they going to wear next?' “And it helps them with recruiting. Poll: What do you think of the new uniforms? Send your thoughts to Anthony Slater