West Virginia to Offer Three Helmet Options

Written By:  •  Monday, April 22, 2013

There’s gold in the mountains. And canaries on the inside of the jerseys.

With West Virginia’s latest football uniform update, the team now boasts 27 different options, with dark blue, white and gold options for helmets, jerseys and pants.

This marks the first time the Mountaineers have offered up a gold helmet since 1978 and the first time they’ve ponied up with a white option since 1979.

While the new trio of colors for all three portions of the uniform sit as the most prominent addition to the football look, the other visually striking piece comes in the form of a custom font. The new number font offers sharp points and edges, based, according to the design folks at Nike, on the sharpness of a miner’s pickaxe.

To further pay homage to the mining heritage of West Virginia, a canary is stitched inside the front collar of the jersey.

The gold and white helmets both come from Mountaineer athletic history, especially the Bobby Bowden and Frank Cignetti eras of the 1970s. But the ‘70s mustard finish won’t be making a comeback, instead traded in for the bright gold we’ve come to know from West Virginia.

All three helmets will feature the Flying WV symbol and come in a matte finish, also a departure from the West Virginia norm.

“Overall, I like our new look and I know our players do too,” says West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. “It was time for a change and I am glad that we could incorporate a little of the state’s pride and history in this set of uniforms. You can’t even begin to put a value on how much uniforms and the look of your team plays in the recruiting game.”

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  • ingmar66

    That canary (why on the inside of the front collar? Put it on the outside instead of the monogram which could be moved to the sleeves) could come in handy when the team starts to stink on the field… Chirp, chirp! All in all not bad uniforms but way too many options. Stick to two sets, home navy shirts and gold pants and away all white. Terribly oldfashioned, I know.

    • Blake

      They have to keep up with all the other teams and there 20 uniform combinations all other Nike affiliates have, but of all the complaints the main one should be at how misplaced the black looks on the navy jersey. the other to combos have not a spec of black and the navy does? (is that a black facemask on the yellow helmet??) Why not use the yellow and change the logos white? Either way I like the white the best and for being so bright the yellow inst bad at all has a good amount of blue.

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  • Andy

    Extra helmets for the sake of extra helmets. The navy one would look great on each of those uniforms.

  • That Guy You Know

    The Yellow Alternate looks like the color of snot when you’re sick.

  • Travis Gagnon

    I like the one on the right in picture 2

  • Rob S.

    These are only an improvement because their previous jersey were a LOT worse.Still don’t like them overall. It’s funny..WV changes their uniforms every couple of years and the coach says it was time for a change! too good.

  • http://www.KoozeeKingdom.com Koozee Kingdom

    Pointless to have the canary on the inside of the jersey.

  • Pod

    I miss contrast

  • Luke Dzikiy

    Ugly uniforms and and ugly helmets.

  • SamA

    FYI – looking at the WVU logo page… the baseball team has switched to the flying WV logo used by the rest of the sports this season. They no longer use the Yankees looking intertwined WV.

  • Faysal Adigun

    Too much yellow on the alternate uniform…I do agree with Andy on sticking to the classic navy blue helmet on all uniforms. The road unis are fine with me, but still consistency is good.

  • Brother Wolf

    I really like the numbers and the yellow uniform. Nice.