Ohio State to Get New Football Uniforms?


November 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; A player for the Ohio State Buckeyes holds his helmet in the air surrounded by fans on the field after the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 26-21. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

There are some rumors (completely unconfirmed) making the rounds on the Internet that the Ohio State Buckeyes will be receiving new uniforms for the 2013 college football season. While there are no rumors from reliable sources out there just yet, it is something fun worth discussing as we wait for the start of the season. The rumor first surfaced on the college football subreddit.

What does the rumor suggest?

Here is the reddit post:

I have been told by people at Nike that they will feature multiple new and different uniform combinations this football season. They will have as many different combinations as Oregon. Now, I have not seen these so I’m not sure if they will be a new design (I doubt it will be drastic maybe metallic numbers?) but I assume it will consist of different color jersey combinations (ex- white, black, grey, red jerseys & pants).

These rumors stemmed from a video that surfaced on the Internet that was allegedly created by Assistant Director of Video Services at The Ohio State University Athletic Department, Russell Hoeflich. According to the video description, Hoeflich created the “to be used at tOSU’s 2013 presentation for Nike in Seattle.”

There is no confirmation that the video or it’s description are legit, but it is something very interesting to consider. Ohio State has tinkered with their uniforms in the past, so if there are any changes to the team’s look it wouldn’t be anything too serious and it could just be some alternate uniform combinations to add to the mix. For a look at the teams previous alternate looks, check out the uniforms here, here and here.

The alternate uniforms, especially the white jersey with white helmet and gray pants, are all solid looks, so it would be exciting to see those become a part of the regular uniform rotation.

If that is the case, it would be interesting to see how the Ohio State fans would react.

Here is the video in question:

What do you think of the possibility of Ohio State getting new uniforms? Is it something the university should consider or do you prefer that the Buckeyes stick with tradition? Sound off in the comments section and share your thoughts.

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  • Craig Whitaker

    Great traditions have great uniforms. Think of the Coldstream Guards or the French Foreign Legion. In sports uniforms passing down through the years tie current players to heroes from the past. Sometimes new teams will create an instant look, like the Oakland A’s, who first appeared in green and yellow, which then became their tradition. Think of the New York Giants or the Green Bay Packers. Penn State comes to mind, also Michigan’s helmets. The numbers on Alabama’s helmets immediately identify the Crimson Tide. Pinstripes mean the New York Yankees. The Los Angeles Dodgers last changed their uniform when they were still in Brooklyn, and then all they did was to add a small red number below the word Dodgers.

    For reasons, which bespeak feelings of insecurity, the Ohio State athletic department keeps messing with the uniforms. When I see a story like the one above all I think of is someone yelling “We’re number one,” but really believing we’re number two and should do something about it. Last season’s cartoon look for the Michigan game and the various other looks all seem so ersatz. I had the same feeling when Ohio State added the word “The” to the Ohio State University.

    I love the uniforms as they are. If they’d put back the chevrons on the sleeves worn by every national championship team they’d be perfect. Don’t mess with something that works and which has its own wonderful history.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=844395516 Stephen Cox

      You do realize A) the jerseys they use on big game Saturdays are THROWBACK jerseys. They aren’t made up, they are slightly modified uniforms from PAST tOSU teams and B) THE has been in the name of THE Ohio State University from its inception, right?

      • Tyler

        He wants us to wear leather helmets and gray striped sweaters, in spite of the fact that he knows nothing of the school, especially the fact that the name “The Ohio State University” goes back to 1870. Penn State is actually “The Pennsylvania State University”, and I don’t see anyone complaining.

        • Blake Campbell

          Likely because you never hear people from PSU obnoxiously claiming that they’re from THE Pennsylvania State University.

  • http://twitter.com/loneyzj Zane Loney

    I agree with Craig, however, I also believe that teams need to change with the times. I think that new uniforms can also help with recruiting, as crazy at that may sound. Either way, I am very looking forward to football season this year! Go Bucks-

  • TedPerrin

    A. The Buckeyes’ alternate unis have often kicked ass. I loved the one they wore a couple years ago to honor the 1942 team.

    B. I have no idea how anyone could infer that there are going to be new unis for this fall from that video.

  • Connie McCalla

    If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. That’s what tradition means.

  • Carl Farough

    The one question here is why? WHY, corporate greed, millions to be made by NIKE, Addidas, and all other uniform companies. NO? Leave tradition alone. Great uniforms combinations, colors, etc. identify a team. Why mess with perfection.

  • Delmar Jones

    Like Connie, if it’s not broke why fix it. Also recruits don’t come to Ohio State for the uniform they come for the privilege of playing for Ohio State. Uniforms won’t bring the best players in the country to Ohio State,but being able to play in the Shoe and being apart of the best rivalry in college football and the great tradition that is Ohio State will. GO BUCKS

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1454385820 John Bishop

    If you think that the new style uniforms dont attract young people and recruits then you’ve never been around those kids before. Sure they want to play for OSU, but they’re frequently not drawn to the tradition that most of us love. They’re kids! They aren’t even aware of a lot of the traditions. They are interested I where they can play the fastest with a chance to win and be noticed doing it. They love the fancy new stuff that helped put Oregon on the map. The unis are a great marketing tool that can be the part of new traditions. Theirs not ours!

  • tolbuck

    As an Alum, LEAVE Well Enough ALONE! The O-n-l-y change acceptable would be to BRING Back the GRAY Striped Sleeves………those were CLASSICS. AD Gene Smith wants to ‘tamper’ or more like SCREW UP everything He can get His grimmey ND educated hands ON. Smith’s arrogance and stupidity has COST This University plenty Already.

  • delano

    leave it the way it is dont need new uniforms

  • http://www.facebook.com/brunnegd Gary Brunner

    Sounds like style over substance. A simple home uniform, a simple road one, a simple look that is classy and shows character. Not a bunch of peacocks. Apparel mfgs do this to sell overpriced gear to gullible fans.

  • Brian E. Trumpower

    I love the idea of having that one special uniform every season, especially for The Game. My favorite was the white helmet/white jersey look. It keeps it exciting without breaking tradition. I also liked the thicker black stripes when they had the green buckeye leaves. (Not sure about those, though…)

  • John Earliwine

    THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES, THAT MEANS TRADITION. THE UNIFORMS ARE PERFECT AS THEY ARE.. CLASS WITH STYLE FROM A HUNDRED YEARS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIDE. WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO RUIN TRADITION. I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE SCARLET AND GREY HIT THE FIELD FOR FIFTY YEARS AND I LOVE THE UNIFORMS I SEE. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THAT AWAY FROM THE FANS WHO LOVE WHAT THEY SEE. FUNKY LOOKING UNIFORMS DO NOT HELP RECRUIT, RECRUITS COME TO COLUMBUS FOR THE TRADITION AND PRIDE. THEY WANT TO PLAY IN THE HORSESHOE AND WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. WHATS NEXT, TURN THE HORSESHOE INTO A SQUARE. LEAVE THE UNIFORMS ALONE. A PROUD BUCKEYE FAN HAS SPOKEN.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=844395516 Stephen Cox

      You do realize the jerseys they use on some big game Saturdays are
      THROWBACK jerseys. They aren’t made up, they are slightly modified
      uniforms from PAST tOSU teams. The helmets have not always been gray (or most recently metallic silver). They were at times white and at times red, and at times leather…calm down and stop shouting. there have been dozens of variations on the uni of The Ohio State University. Life will go on…and if we would all take a look at the entire history of tOSU football…we would all understand that things change. Yes…even the unis at tOSU! GO BUCKS!!!

      • John Earliwine

        YES I DO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE SAYING. BUT I SEE MARYLAND AND DUCKS AND SOME OF THE OTHER RIDICULOUS UNIS OUT THERE AND SHUDDER AT THE APPEARANCE,.

  • Steve Smith

    What in that video makes people think new uniforms are coming? It just looks like a tribute to Buckeye football past and present to me. Nicely done by the way. I would like to see the Buckeye come out in all black with their silver/gray helmets for one (night) game. I think that would look awesome. Go Bucks!

  • Craig Whitaker

    The “The” was added a number of years ago. I suppose to compete with “The Princeton,” “The Michigan,” and what else, “The Texas.” Look at last year’s helmet in the Michigan game. It looks like some cartoon. I’ve never seen that before.

    • Tyler

      Your war on “the” is based in ignorance. It has been a part of the name since 1870, to differentiate it from Ohio University, an older, state funded school. You’re waving your lack of knowledge about like a flag…

  • Craig Whitaker

    I’m enjoying this colloquy. I have the great iconic photo of Eddie George in the 1995 Notre Dame game as wallpaper on the computer. He’s being chased by seven Notre Dame players. Go to Google, click Eddie George and Images, and there he is. You can’t miss him. (He’s even wearing the gray stripes on the sleeve.) Tell me some kid aspiring to greatness at Ohio State who looks at that photo doesn’t say I want to be like Eddie. I want to dress like him, I want to play like him. Who wants to change that look, tell me, tell me why?

  • BUCK NUTZ62

    i think darker bottoms and brighter jerseys would be nice to start with nothing to loud just enough to notice a change that’s both darker and brighter.