“The players are excited about them,” said head coach Bob Stoops, who joins predecessors Bennie Owen, Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer to form the only coaching quartet of 100-game winners at a single college football program. “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.”
These new uniforms will occasionally supplement the traditional OU home and road uniforms the team has sported for decades and will continue to utilize on a regular basis.
Nike’s white helmet design pays tribute to Wilkinson’s squads that captured national championships in 1950, 1955 and 1956. Those Oklahoma teams wore white headgear with a signature crimson stripe from crown to base. The latest version of this helmet concept includes a similar crimson stripe (embedded with a wood-grained pattern), as well as the addition of an officially-sized OU logo on each side.
“I think recruits are always excited about uniforms, helmets and any of the looks that you might put on the field,” added Stoops, noting that current Oklahoma student-athletes were involved in the design process. “(The additional uniforms) won’t be something we do constantly, but it will be a nice changeup and will be positive in recruiting, with our players and with our fans.”