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Oklahoma laying the lumber with wood-grain style uniforms

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Brace yourself, because one of college football’s most iconic programs is going to have a slightly modified look this fall. Oklahoma introduced a new uniform set for the upcoming season and while for the most part the Sooners will look the same as they always have, there will be the occasional alternate look that may catch some off guard at first.

Oklahoma’s traditional uniforms will remain, although they will now read “Oklahoma” across the front instead of “Sooners.” It’s different, but far from outlandish. The Sooners will also have a pair of alternate uniforms to choose from. One uniform adopts a white alternate helmet, while one features a wood grain pattern in the numbering, lettering and the helmet itself. The wood grain is supposed to be reminiscent of the “weathered texture of the Sooner Schooner, a Conestoga reminiscent of the pioneer mode of travel employed by the hearty souls who settled Oklahoma Territory around the time of the 1889 Land Run,” according to the university release about the uniforms. The newer uniforms also feature the phrase “47 straight,” a tribute to Oklahoma’s NCAA record winning streak running from 1953 through 1957.

“The players are excited about them,” Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said in a statement about the new uniforms. “It’s always positive to relate back to Bud Wilkinson’s era with the longest winning streak in college football history and three national championships. These uniforms give us a chance to do that.”

Hey, whatever catches the eyes of recruits, right?

The initial reaction by many seems to be off-putting, but these uniforms could have been much worse than they turned out being. These are actually pretty snazzy.

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13 Responses to “Oklahoma laying the lumber with wood-grain style uniforms”
  1. overratedgators says: Jul 1, 2014 9:43 PM

    “Bringing the Wood”?

    We’re all the GOOD penis jokes trademarked already?

  2. stoicpaisano says: Jul 1, 2014 9:56 PM

    What’s up with the red ‘tusks’ on the white/cream alternate? Other than that, the jerseys are decent (for alternates) but completely unnecessary.

    Helmets are also unnecessary and terrible to boot. Weathered wood grain, really? Every time I see the real Sooner Schooner it looks like it just got a fresh coat of paint.

    Stoops’ BCS record aside, this OU program deserves better.

  3. thejjtrain says: Jul 1, 2014 10:04 PM

    Nike-fied numbers worked well for Michigan State I guess. They did just make the Rose Bowl.

  4. mydixienormus says: Jul 1, 2014 10:05 PM

    Dude, you said “wood”…

  5. lanzurrah says: Jul 1, 2014 10:13 PM

    They look awful.

  6. jdgrn01 says: Jul 1, 2014 10:46 PM

    Different uniforms,
    Same lackluster team….

    Call us when you get to the Championship Game..

    in 2026

  7. dumbpollack says: Jul 1, 2014 11:28 PM

    Looks like their old rivals, Nebraska.

  8. tampabayirish says: Jul 1, 2014 11:56 PM

    Not good. I liked their classic look. Nike sucks. Great teams and great programs (NY Yankees, Univ. of Alabama, Notre Dame, USC, Montreal Canadiens, LA Dodgers, Boston Celtics, LA Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, NY Giants. Etc.) make very few uniform changes.

  9. pawloosa says: Jul 2, 2014 7:39 AM

    Just say here are some “alternate” uniforms and save the history lesson….
    When you have to explain it to justify what your trying to do….all credibility is lost…

  10. mogogo1 says: Jul 2, 2014 10:19 AM

    I doubt anybody would have figured out it was wood without being told ahead of time. And that’s from looking at closeup photo. These won’t look like anything at all on TV when guys are moving around.

  11. justanobserver says: Jul 2, 2014 12:51 PM

    As an old Big 8 fan to the end, and former rival team booster, whatever the folks at OU want to do is their business.

    I have all the respect in the world for that program, almost all its players and coaches — minus the occasional NCAA rule violation hiccups over the years — and hope the uniform changes go over big with its fan base.

  12. lamontjoe says: Jul 2, 2014 6:26 PM

    Those new unis make OU look a bit like Nebraska. 😬

  13. sallust99 says: Jul 2, 2014 10:36 PM

    Hey geniuses, we are still wearing traditional uniforms. We will simply wear these once or twice a year. Period.

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