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Hocutt, Kingsbury want Tech on 'cutting edge' of uniform ideas

Posted: March 23, 2013 - 11:06pm  |  Updated: March 24, 2013 - 12:51am
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Texas Tech's Michael Brewer speaks with the media after the first spring practice of Texas Tech football Friday. (Stephen Spillman)
Texas Tech's Michael Brewer speaks with the media after the first spring practice of Texas Tech football Friday. (Stephen Spillman)
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Kliff Kingsbury didn’t think perquisite No. 9 on page 6 of his contract would generate so much attention. That’s the one that gives Texas Tech’s new coach “creative license in the design” of the football team’s uniforms.

“I just want to have input on things like that, all parts of the program,” Kingsbury said. “Things where I can help and change our program, I’d like to be in on it.”

The five-year contract Kingsbury signed on Feb. 18 says the Red Raiders’ equipment and uniforms must be mutually agreed upon by Kingsbury and athletic director Kirby Hocutt, but gives Kingsbury sole discretion on when they wear specific uniform combinations.

That someone would even think to deal with such a subject in a head coach’s contract drew some national media attention, virtually all favorable.

Many football observers believe catchy new uniform and helmet designs can help sway recruits. It certainly merits serious thought, right along with Xs and Os, as far as Kingsbury’s concerned.

“I think in this day and age, with social media and all the things going out there, that the product you put on the field — the way you look, the way you play — is a big deal,” he said. “So we want to make sure all facets of our game are going strong.”

Hocutt said he has no idea if there’s precedent for such a clause in a coach’s contract; he didn’t research it. But he said the topic was not a point of contention.

“It’s important in today’s world and something that we want to be the cutting-edge team in the league and in the state of Texas,” Hocutt said. “It’s something that Kliff has ideas about that I think are exciting and ones that, working with Under Armour, who is the best in the business, we’ll be able to do some creative and exciting things.”

That could start this year.

“We’re in the conceptual stages of discussion as far as what we want to do long term,” Hocutt said. “That being said, we will have two new uniform combinations this season, which is something new. We’ve worked with Under Armour and we’ll have a couple of different uniform combinations to wear this year.”

According to the contract, Kingsbury’s uniform choices can’t exceed a set budget, but he can seek donations to cover extra costs.

In recent years, schools such as Oregon and Oklahoma State have diverted attention their way with multiple helmet and uniform combinations.

Kingsbury, known as a fashion plate off the field, downplayed the thought that he might be dreaming up Red Raiders uniform ideas. He said that wasn’t the impetus for the clause in his contract.

“It’s more to make sure (the uniform options) fall in line with what we feel as a staff and as a team,” he said. “I want our team to have input on things like that — what they want to wear, what colors, things of that nature. So it’ll be a group effort.

“We want to have input on what’s going on out there, make sure that everybody on our team is comfortable with it.”

In recent years, recruits from time to time have tweeted pictures from the Tech equipment room showing a variety of helmets. One recent photo showed 10 helmet designs, raising Tech fans’ eyebrows.

The shot showed red helmets, white helmets, gray helmets and black helmets. Several featured the Tech Masked Rider, either in profile or dashing forward. Another concept was a white helmet with a uniform number on the side.

Hocutt indicated the Red Raiders aren’t likely to break out those designs this year.

Hocutt said he thinks the Tech headgear with the double-T logo is “one of the best-looking helmets in all of college football,” but ways to “strengthen the look and branding of our football helmets” have been discussed.

“As we go forward into this next season, I would expect that the double-T would be the only mark on the helmet that we’ll see this year,” he said. “Now there could be some added elements — graphics that could be added to the helmet that allow us to enhance the helmet. But the double-T will still be the primary mark.”

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Cool

Can't wait to see our team on the field.

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Anything

Anything you want Kliff except Tuber's stupid white helmets.

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See, we can agree on supporting our team !

The white helmets were so bob knight/joe paterno/auburn awful. However, a white helmet with a black mustang snorting red fire, ridden by a black sword wielding matador over red double T's might look cool!? Or a red helmet with .......

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No Gray or White Helmets

Please. No Gray. No white. Geez. Score TDs that's all we want.

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Just remember

Just remember that we are the RED raiders..........

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Matte Black Helmets Please

Matte black helmets would look awesome with all black uniforms!

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White Helmets, Red Helmets & Silver Helmets

This isn't anything new and don't give Tuberville credit for the white helmets. Tech wore white helmets from 1970-74, wore red helmets off and on for years going all the way back to when the program started and wore silver helmets from 1951-57.

http://swchelmets.tripod.com/tech.html

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Black helmet with a red stallion and rider over a white TT

as long as the Rider/Stallion looks sharp to all, the color scheme would be almost immaterial. None of this will ever be new, it's about selling more gear, a fresh brand, etc.

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Strength and Power!!!

Lots of fun ways to mix red, black, white, silver, gray..... But pleaseeeee always keep our helmets black so as to have the red double-T logo on sides. Also RED face masks!! Shows strength and power- awesome!!!

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priorities

Coach KK needs to focus on how he's going to win...not the damn uniforms. Stick to the x's and o's.

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kipkooper

He pretty much said that he is not going to be designing them just deciding. Also, you'd be surprised at how big of a difference it makes to the players.

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