My point had more to do with some teams developing a brand, or an identity that breeds continued success and tradition over a long period of time.
Just one man's observation.
I won't disagree that we've changed helmet designs a lot over the years.
The current design was an effort to combine some of the older (traditional?) styles into one. http://www.thewrestlingtalk.com/imag...2008/12/2.jpeg
Maryland used to have white helmets with black and gold stripes down the middle. Over the years there were various side additions like a stupid looking Terp in the 1960s, the block gold M in the 1970s when Maryland WAS one of the top 10 programs. The Bobby Ross red with the script Terps on the side. Then there were various other iterations during some lean years through the 1990s until the current design.
This one man's opinion is that Penn State's helmets AND uniforms, are way too flashy!!
Then again, all of that tradition really helped Michigan this year......
Until I read this thread, I never would have thought to look. Someone is trying to do the same thing for Maryland high schools. http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome....dhelmetproject
every few years or in the case of Oregon, every game or two.
Nike is funding the cost of the univforms as a marketing advantage. As more team see the sifferent color combinations, particularly colored pants, the are buying different variations. Most Div I schools get their athletic uniforms free from Nike and Reebok as marketing deals (except for Rutgers :-( ). The target market is Div iAA, II, II HS and the pee wees.