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    Quote Originally Posted by therick View Post
    Cool site.

    One thing that caught my attention is that in college, teams with a history and tradition of winning usually don't change their uniforms or helmets, while schools who have had little to no success on the national scale tend to change up more often.

    Meanwhile, Maryland,...
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    Quote Originally Posted by WrestlingTerp View Post
    A National Championship isn't enough success?
    I knew someone who's team won a single title back in the 40's or 50's (1953 in this instance) would complain about their team being listed with those with little national tradition.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stardust View Post
    That's cool.

    The Carolina Panthers have a display inside their stadium with a helmet from every high school and college team in North and South Carolina



    http://www.panthers.com/Stadium/Default.aspx?id=8860
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    Quote Originally Posted by therick View Post
    I knew someone who's team won a single title back in the 40's or 50's (1953 in this instance) would complain about their team being listed with those with little national tradition.

    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.
    There are a lot of schools that wish they had at least one, and Maryland is one of I think 4 or 5 schools to have national titles in football, and men's and women's basketball. The "brand" does pretty well.

    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.
    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......
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    Did you? or at least did you have face masks back then?
    Running backs and receivers had single bar face masks - everybody else wore a double bar. A couple of schools in the conference had some of their linemen wearing a sissy-a$$ cage mask. What's the purpose of playing football if your nose doesn't advertise it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by therick View Post
    Cool site.

    One thing that caught my attention is that in college, teams with a history and tradition of winning usually don't change their uniforms or helmets, while schools who have had little to no success on the national scale tend to change up more often.

    For example, Ohio State, Michigan, USC, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin, Iowa, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and UCLA have had very little if any change in their helmets or uniforms in general in the last 30+ years aside from face mask color, or slight color or font adjustments.

    Meanwhile, Baylor, UNC, Duke, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Arizona State, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa State, Indiana, Northwestern, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Kentucky among others seem to change every few years or in the case of Oregon, every game or two.
    Carolina has had the same one, the interlocking NC, for 20 straight years. The trim has changed a bit, with coaching changes. With the exception of the Dick Crum years, when he brought in that UNC on the helmets (and on the field), the Heels have had the interlocking NC in some form since the 60's.
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    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
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RYou View Post
    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.
    I realize that UO is just a marketing wing of Nike. Thus the dropping of wrestling and addition of baseball.

    Why else would they wear some of the ugliest uniforms ever created?

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