Sooners are fully vested in beating the heat

By Jake Trotter Published: August 13, 2008
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Th
ough the vests don't impact hydration, they do help keep players from becoming overheated.

"It's so hot, we're trying something different to get a competitive edge,” Camp said. "When our players are cooler, they're healthier and they can stay on the field longer.”

The vests are only available to schools that have contracts with Nike, which began testing the effectiveness of the vests five years ago with Oregon's players.

That led to controversy in the week leading up to Oregon's game at Mississippi State in 2003, with Bulldogs coach Jackie Sherrill complaining that even though his school had a contract with Nike only the Ducks — Nike is based in Oregon and Phil Knight, chairman and co-founder of Nike, is an Oregon alum — were given the vests.

Since, OU, Arizona, Colorado and Texas A&M are among the schools that have experimented with the vests.

Now, it seems the Sooners are ready to make the vests standard equipment.

"I don't have to pour water down my shirt anymore,” said offensive tackle Trent Williams. "It's really helped me out.”