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.