KU football unveils five new helmets for 2013 season

The Kansas University football program on Monday unveiled five new looks for the team's helmets, four of which now feature the Jayhawk on the sides. (Photo courtesy of KU Athletics)

The Kansas University football program on Monday unveiled five new looks for the team's helmets, four of which now feature the Jayhawk on the sides. (Photo courtesy of KU Athletics)

July 1, 2013


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New KU football helmets

First, he returned the names to the backs of the jerseys, and now he has added Jayhawks to the sides of the helmets.

If Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis ever can get the kind of results in the win column that he does with the team’s sense of fashion, he’ll likely go down as a fan favorite for years to come.

The new-look helmets, which Weis’ revealed Monday afternoon on his Twitter account through the use of the Vine video app, feature five colors and two styles of Jayhawks.

Three of the helmets — white, black and KU blue — use the current Jayhawk, with “KU” in Trajan font. The red helmet, which likely will be worn with blue jersey tops, features the more angry-looking 1941 Jayhawk, featuring a scowl on its face. The final helmet is a powder-blue throwback with white numbers on the side. KU wore that during the 2011 Homecoming game against Texas Tech in honor of the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl team.

None of the helmets incorporates stripes.

The addition of the new helmets, for which fans and players alike have been clamoring for years, gives KU as many as 20 potential uniform options on game days.

Five Jayhawks helped model the new helmets in the video released by Weis. Senior running back James Sims donned the black, junior linebacker Ben Heeney handled the powder blue, newcomer Cassius Sendish, a junior cornerback, wore the traditional blue top with the blue helmet, junior tight end Jimmay Mundine sported the same blue top with the red helmet and junior quarterback Jake Heaps wore the all-white ensemble.

Moments after the new duds were revealed, KU fans lit up Twitter with their opinions about what they saw.

“Still debating what is sweeter: the red helmet or that our coach knows how to Vine,” one fan wrote.

Added another fan: “Love the new helmets. They will look even better if the team figures out a way to win three or four games this year.”

As for the players themselves, many of whom had not seen the new gear until Monday, most seemed thrilled with the variety of options now available. Defensive tackle Keon Stowers even said on Twitter that he had heard the team was not planning on wearing any combination more than once during the 2013 season. He also said the team had 11 uniform combinations at its disposal, a number lower than the maximum of 20, which likely means the black jerseys won’t be worn with the powder blue helmets, the powder blue jerseys won’t be worn with the red helmets and so on.

Although the jerseys used in Weis’ video were from last season, a KU official told the Journal-World that the football program would be upgrading its uniforms before the start of the season as well.

KU, which begins fall camp on Aug. 7, will kickoff the 2013 season at 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 at home against South Dakota.

What the Jayhawks will be wearing is anyone’s guess.


sciencegeek 4 years, 10 months ago

So THAT'S why tuition keeps going up!

Too bad the deep pockets insist on donating to the athletic department instead of, you know, education.

HawkitToEm 4 years, 10 months ago

i believe that the KU Athletic Dept is separate corporation, and that very little tuition, if any, goes to the athletic department.

the answer is higher state funding for higher education, heck, education in general. don't complain about the helmets, complain about brownback

Nathan Atchison 4 years, 10 months ago

i cant care about the hats until there's a quality product on the field

Bobby Burch 4 years, 10 months ago

I like the black, red and baby blue helmets, but the white and blue look a little outdated ... I personally liked the KU symbol on the blue and white.

Sheldon Shogrin 4 years, 10 months ago

@sciencegeek, I agree, totally. They need to funnel that money into education, since last I checked KU was a school of higher learning. Coaches, team staff, and all the upper administration getting paid 7 figures, and they don't do anything real for education. Lower tuition and let the parents/boosters buy all this frivolous stuff and pay those ungodly salaries.

Tom McCune 4 years, 10 months ago

Five helmets and 11 uniform combinations, but they're not professional athletes. No sir.

Mo Meza 4 years, 10 months ago

The costs associated with these helmets and uniforms do not cause the tuition to go up or any increase in the university academics since the funding is coming from the KU Athletic Department. Like in any other university would do, KU needs to enhance his athletic disciplines, including football to put themselves in a position of recruiting excellent student athletes to enahnce the team and win games and with the same token make money that not only help to pay the athletic schorlarships, but also to assist the universities in the academics as well. You need to read and see how the athletic department has been helping KU academics. Be informed before, so you can make accurate comments. A good athletic Department is good for KU.

1983Hawk 4 years, 10 months ago

Sciencegeek is correct. The so-called "deep pockets" need to be prohibited from contributing to athletics in any fashion, including making Williams Fund contributions or purchasing football tickets. That way every dollar of their disposable income can, by edict, be earmarked directly to offset accelerating tuition costs. Anti-intellectual right-wing policymakers who cut Regents budgets are in no way to be held responsible for the tuition hikes. If instead we defund athletics by imposing a 100 percent tax on the disposable income of the deep pockets by redirecting their contributions, the tuition problem can be finessed. Sheer genius I tell ya ...

Tony Kisner 4 years, 10 months ago

"Assist the universities in the academics" - appears to be good money after bad.

akt2 4 years, 10 months ago

I wonder what the average GPA on the football team is?

weatherguy48 4 years, 10 months ago

I think that 'WAITINGAPPROVALPOSTBITCH' is the best name ever.

Terry Sexton 4 years, 10 months ago

Blood red helmet with yellow face guard, blue uni's, yellow shoes with red laces. Beak 'em.

parrothead8 4 years, 10 months ago

Which number is higher? Number of different helmets used in 2013 or number of wins in 2013?

Haiku_Cuckoo 4 years, 10 months ago

As soon as KU's academic sector does something interesting enough to fill an arena with people, I'll buy a ticket. Until then, my money will continue to go toward KU athletic events.

vann_dango 4 years, 10 months ago

I prefer the red helmet out of the bunch and the white is my least favorite kind of reminds me of a practice type helmet.

webmocker 4 years, 10 months ago

Inspired by Project Runway? Most products aim for a reasonable amount of consistency in their visual presentation, keeping logos the same, and colors consistent. But hey, this is the athletic corporation that built practice fields in a valley only to be surprised and upset when they discovered that people were watching them from vantage points on public property. Seriously, can anyone explain why wearing a different uniform for every game is a good thing?

Robert Rauktis 4 years, 10 months ago

I guess I'm dumbfounded. If the purpose of wringing more money out of the "student-athletes" was branding and selling some sort of paraphernalia to the faithful, why do you introduce 20 colors and styles which invalidate such branding in the first place? Are the KU faithful too stupid to figure out their colors are not gray or black, even though they look "cool". I guess that way they can get more respect in the next home invasion?

hawkdds 4 years, 10 months ago

Glad to have the Jayhawk back on blue.

Kerry Knott 4 years, 10 months ago

How about we just figure out how to win a football game first and let the players focus on that instead of how we look!!!

Tyson Travis 4 years, 10 months ago

How much does it cost to have this many helmet designs, or do the team managers spend all week overspraying designs? The white one reminds me of the losing Bud Moore era, the black one is not needed, go with two, a heritage red with the 1941 WWII Jayhawk, and a blue one with the current Sandy Jayhawk, and that should be enough. BTW, the (North) Carolina Blue helmets were a feature of the 1958-62 teams of Jack Mitchell, we won the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl with those, so I guess they would qualify as an alternate heritage scheme, but if you're going to do it, go all the way with the matching jerseys and pants in the same color, not like the half-hearted effort they did last fall. Anyone remember the yellow helmets of the also-losing 1954-57 Chuck Mather teams? As a kid, that was my first intro to KU football as a KUFF. (anyone remember that badge program?) (North end zone, $1.00 for four games.)

David Reynolds 4 years, 10 months ago

Coach what are you thinking? It took KU forever to settle on a single color to give KU sports an identity. The fans don't know how to act at a KU football game, now they will not know how to dress. Go to a K-State, A&M, Michigan, etc. game & visually you see a sea of uniform color that enhances the crowd experience & most importantly, a dominant fan presence at a game.

Do you think anyone would dare mess with a ND or Michigan football helmet design?

Coach please settle on the dark blue helmet with the Jayhawk and help KU create a visual identity. Please forget the rest.

Thank you

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