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The poll results are in so far for the OU uniform debate. The traditionalists are leading with 42% of the votes and the with some alternates in second with 25% of the votes. The numerous comments on the Sooner4OU blog and Facebook page were very opinionated and strong. Especially the traditionalists who don’t want the university to compromise o the uniforms and to keep OU’s conservative traditions alive.
The Sooner Nation in-large is a very diverse crowd that unifies quickly when it comes to favoring tradition over flavor of the month or bandwagon activities. Many of the comments were they did not want to be like Oregon or OSU no matter what. The were a few traditionalists comments that said they were fine with an occasional throwback or updated alternate, as long as, it did not have black in it or look gimmicky (like metallic helmets).
So what does this all mean, well at least at this point, the Sooner Nation favors little change and an emphasis on tradition and selling our potential recruits on our winning tradition, first-rate facilities and top coaches versus bling.
What do you think about the results of this poll? What about the traditionalists stance?
Where Do You Come Out On The Current OU Football Uniform Debate? Poll: Traditionalist, Moderate or Brander
Sooner4OU Commentary: The college football uniform debate rages on (please cast your important vote in the poll at the bottom of this post) It seems the Nike Oregon uniform experiment continues to blossom and force other teams to consider alternate uniforms to stay competitive in the recruiting battles. It was Western Kentucky changing their helmets this week, Mississippi State last week, Texas Tech earlier this month and Michigan, Notre Dame and others before that. It is a wave of change that continues to spread across college football with the Nike versus Adidas contest only push it further and faster. Where will it all end, no one seems to know,but it has pitted the traditionalists against moderates and the new wave branders and their un-yielding uniform beliefs.
OU has experimented with alternate and throwback uniforms during the Stoops era and they have tried different color schemes as well, but stayed relatively tame compared to their elite counterparts. Many of these alternate uniforms have been largely replicas of historical uniforms like the ones seen in the Heritage Arts image to the left. In which you can also see the OU uniforms over time have changed as either their equipment became more modern or the athletic department decided to modernize the uniform accordingly.
So that brings us to the current debate at OU over their football uniforms. Multiple press outlets have recently reported on the on-going uniform debate and that Bob Stoops is against any extreme change and the use of the color black . Adding to the debate this week, Brennan Clay tweeted on the need for alternate uniforms and how he really liked the oregon uniforms and he believes it affects recruiting. This re-sparked the debate and got a bunch of players, fans and others riled up and going back and forth on whether a change on OU’s uniform stance should occur. It seems that the university of Oklahoma is happy with their conservative approach they have employed in respect to their uniforms. Maybe some throwbacks or slight alternative uniforms, but limited change under the guise of keeping tradition, which has kept the traditionalists restrained and kept the debate in the forefront among players and recruits. The new age branders, who see an alternative like something along the lines of the Nike Pro Combat Helmet Design for Oklahoma designed by Charles Sollars, as having a positive affect on recruiting and giving OU a branding edge compared to those that don’t consider alternate uniforms. They say that OU’s national brand can only be enhanced with the younger generation keeping OU on the minds of recruits in high school, when consider multiple schools. They also claim that the University of Oklahoma could generate more merchandising revenue by utilizing more throwback and alternate uniforms. So the debate rages on in the Sooner Nation.
There is no doubt that many recruits like alternate uniforms and it can influence their college choices. It has allowed Oregon (see the The Oregonian image to the left) to recruit at a high level, and to elevate their ability to compete with the elite teams in division one quickly. Don’t believe that uniforms have some positive affect on a mid-level school, well does anyone remember the Ducks as a powerhouse in the 90s, 80s or before? Not likely… of course the spread offense and having Phil Knight, the CEO of Nike as alumni helped, but the uniforms have definitely raised Oregon’s brand awareness significantly.
Sooner4OU Commentary: In this post by Travis Haney on his ESPN.com Blog, he discusses in summary the many changes that OU and Texas are making to adjust for the Read-Option (Think Johnny Manzeil) and the SEC’s continued dominance of the National Championship position. It was obvious and the two fan bases were literally up in arms over the lack of meaningful change by both coaching staffs. While their issues may be slightly different, the need to adjust to some of the popular schemes that are driving the high flying offenses of some of the elite teams like Oregon, Alabama and Texas A&M was apparent.
Now, both teams have made changes to their respective coaching staffs, modified their schemes and are drilling their players to execute against these changes and become highly competent quickly, as the two fan bases are restless. Although, the Texas folks have a steeper hill to climb given their record and struggles over the last three years.
Both, OU and Texas’ upcoming spring games are going to be televised on Fox SouthWest and Longhorn network respectively. So, it will be interesting to see how these changes take hold and whether they will allow either the Sooners or Longhorns back to the “Elite” level this season or next.
This video was the intro video played for the 2012 Red River Rivalry, in which the Sooners won big over the wronghorns. If you play it loud, it will give a Sooner fan goosebumps. Check it out, as it is short and ooh so sweet.
Hope you enjoy this video by SoonerSports.com
I think everyone will love this video by OUFan316, as it is a cool compilation of some of the best Sooner plays during the Stoops era. You especially notice some of the amazing plays that DeMarco Murray and Adrian Peterson pull off in addition to the famous Roy Williams “Superman” play resulting in an interception of Texas’ Chris Simms for a Sooner touchdown.
Hope you enjoy this great video! Boomer!
YouTube Video By: OUFan316
Sooner4OU Commentary: Much of 2012 football season at the University of Oklahoma will be remembered for improved receiver play and an offensive line that many times during the season seemed like a jigsaw puzzle, as several players were swapped in and out of action to fill-in due to injuries or other issues. Now the pay-off will come as both the receivers corp and the offensive line are highly experienced and have good depth, thereby making them the strength of the team heading into 2013.
The wide receiver corp is so strong that former 5-star recruit Trey Metoyer is having a hard time trying to crack the starting line-up, especially with the return of Jaz Reynolds after suspension and the emergence of both Lacoltan Bester and Durron Neal so far this Spring. It will be interesting to see how the final starting line-up shakes out in the Fall before the first kick-off, but regardless this is a deep receiver corp that is full of playmakers.
The offensive line is a bit of a different story as they were ravaged by injuries and other issues last year and for most of the season resembled a patchwork crew. Regardless of these challenges the line play was adequate and allowed the offense to put up pinball scores and outpace their competitors in many cases. So the real benefit to overcoming the challenges faced last year is now they have an experienced and salty two-deep line-up anchored by seniors Bronson Irwin and Gabe Ikard. Add in a new and respected offensive line coach that is pushing to be more physical at the line of scrimmage and you have all the components of an offensive line that will rival any other in the Big12.
So, take these strengths and assume that OU’s staff makes the right choice out of the three talented quarterbacks and add-in the change in schemes to accomodate more read-option along with the spread and OU has the offensive ingredients to be special in the Fall.
Do you think the experience and changes will yeild positive results offensively in 2013?
Photo: Matthew Holst/Getty Images
Sooner4OU Commentary: The high scoring wild games of 2012 are a strong remembrance of the issues the Sooners had with their defensive line play. The swap-out of Coach Shipp for Coach Montgomery and the endless talk of changing schemes support the obvious point that the weak point for the 2013 Sooners is still the defensive line. All eyes will be on their play during the spring scrimmage to gauge if there will be improvement going into the Fall.
It will be a point of high interest to see what Coach Montgomery can make of the multiple defensive ends and the few actual tackles that OU’s has in it’s cupboard. There has been talk of moving players around into different positions to see what provides the best pressure and/or run stopping capability.
With only a few defensive lines holdovers like Jordan Phillips, Chuka Ndulue, Mike Onuoha and a couple walk-ons left from last year coach Montgomery has his work cut-out for him. Not too mention that Coach Mike Stoops will have to work closely with Coach Kish to come up with a linebacker package that support a scheme that can slowdown the pinball football that is common in the Big12. Being exposed by West Virginia, OSU and Texas A&M has left bad taste for all involved and is still the biggest fear for the Sooner nation at large.
So, it will be interesting to see how all the discussion and changes manifest themselves on the field in the Fall and the results thereof.
Do you think the changes will yeild positive results or more of the same?
Photo: Luke McConnell, News9.com
Sooner4OU Commentary: This video from Onikuno shows what he believes to be the Top Ten Sooner Home Games of Decade, but lets say the Stoops era. I agree with most of his choices although, I would move the Miami drumming up a few in the list as they have been spoilers of ours since 1985 and deserved a hard whipping. The Nebraska game in 2000 is a great choice as number one, as for many it was seen as a changing of the guard in the Big12 and national stage.
Hope you enjoy this video. Boomer
YouTube Video By: OniKuno Additional Footage: ESPN & ABC
Sooner4OU Commentary: The University of Oklahoma announced a exciting home and away football series between OU and Nebraska. OU holds a 45-38-3 series advantage over the Cornhuskers in their 86 previous meetings. They will play at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in 2021 and then play at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2022. This is a rivalry that is so steeped in history and tradition that it is special regardless of their records. What do you think about the renewal of this rivalry? Boomer!
OU is represented in red in this graphic and Nebraska is white with overall NCAA ranking outside the bars, you should read more about the illustrious history between the two teams at the link below:
See on www.soonersports.com Graphic: SoonerSports.com
Sooner4OU Commentary: Have you ever wondered about the average training day for football players at OU? Please note, this video includes an appearance of Austin Box, before his un-timely demise. May he rest in peace.
This video does provide insight into how the Sooners train and the motivation they have to excel on the practice field. It is likely how the Sooners are training as we speak. The new coaches Stoops added recently to the Sooner staff are bringing new ideas and vigor to areas where the Sooners have struggled and implementing new schemes this Spring, which the entire Sooner Nation hopes will bring more victories and greater achievements this Fall. So, when you watch this video add that potential to your thoughts and dream a mighty Sooner dream. Boomer!