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After long wait, KU football shows off 5 new helmets

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) by Matt Tait

It's hard to say whether it was a calculated move or an innocent delay, but when news hit that the Kansas University football program would unveil some type of "new gear" around noon today, speculation from Jayhawk fans scored off the charts.

Unfortunately, so did the waiting.

Instead of releasing the new look, which is highlighted by the presence of a variety of Jayhawks on different colored helmets, around noon, it did not actually come out until just before 4 p.m.

And it did in the form of a vine Twitter video via KU coach Charlie Weis' Twitter account.

Here's a quick look at that video, which clearly shows that the Jayhawks now have five potential uniform styles. All of the uniforms used in the video were from last season's closet, but a KU official said the school planned to update the uniforms before the 2013 season begins.

Here's a look at the styles on display Monday:

• The black ones they wore last year vs. Iowa State

• The powder blue ones they wore a couple of years ago against Texas Tech

• Standard white, with white helmets

• KU blue with blue helmets

• KU blue with red helmets

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Comments

sadester30 9 months, 1 week ago

Not too influential for the team, but the fans will/should love it. Can't wait to be a part of the game as the 12th man.

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wyansas 9 months, 1 week ago

I'm all for reintroducing in any official manner the 1941 angry Jayhawk. I'd love it if we went back to that.

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Norm Jennings 9 months, 2 weeks ago

like it Pitt, outside the box...

while we're being creative - hows about the beak'em hawk from the tees (maybe even angrier), but on top rather than the side of the helmet with the beak down the centerline to the top of the facemask. In red of course. Uni # could be on the side (although smaller than the carolina blue throw-back) just in the lower corner by the ear.

Thinking it might be awesome to see a nasty D-line in the 3-point with a row of angry beak'ems staring at the opposing QB?

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Pitthawk34 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Put the Warhawk on all of the helmets. We have needed a little attitude. How about just a dark black outline of the Warhawk shaded with gray on all.

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JHWKDW 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Why go so far out with this?All we to do is have a helmet with the KU logo in Red Blue and even White. Ok the Carolina Blue thine man the NFL does some of those far out uniforms, that Carolina thing isnt as ugly as those NFL Steeler or Packer throwback uniforms.The big time winning college football teams do not have these far out looking helmets and uniform folks.

Keep it simple stupid

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Jeff Soisson 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Go back to the Reesing uniforms with the special KU font and let us dream it is possible again. Red is not Crimson, Black no thanks, white maybe, blue always.

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gratefulhawk 9 months, 2 weeks ago

naw, maybe a BIG K for the FREE STATE of KANSAS. troll on bushwhacker.

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Randy Bombardier 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Well I like the red but flat black would be better if glossy. How about real tiny Jayhawks all over the helmet as a kinda wallpaper with the numbers on the side, glossy red, blue, and black.

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gratefulhawk 9 months, 2 weeks ago

i guess the tiger is the most recognized mascot in as much as several 100 schools use it.

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gratefulhawk 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Columbia blue and crimson were ku's first colors with a bulldog as the first mascot. the track team wore a "faded" combination for years and i loved them,(easy to pick or runners) and if the uni's were good enough for jim ryun, al orter and billy mills well...that being said, i dig the hawk on the hat. we have one of the most recognized mascot in all of college sports, use it! i lothe the wimpy trajen font. i think ku spent around 30 grand to rip-off kunztown state. just awful design. the sooner it goes away the better. also, Columbia blue and crimson was the color choice of k.u. grad and Houston oilers owner bud adams "love ya blue." now lets go get some wins "cause mr. Charlie told me so" ROCK CHALK

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poet008 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Matt, when will you do an article on KU's options when OU decides it wants to leave the Big XII again?

Should they disband football and join the new Big East to solidify basketball?

Or should they join the Mountain West which will allow them to continue football but diminish the prestige of basketball?

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shelleysue 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Blue facemask on the white would be nice. I just love the fact that we're getting something besides KU. I love the Jayhawk in any form but these are my favorites.

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Tony Bandle 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm not concerned as to what is on the helmet...my concern is what is IN the hemet!!

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sokanhawk 9 months, 3 weeks ago

This is off-subject, but the Wichita Eagle reported today that WR Nick Harwell may not be allowed to take summer classes at Miami (OH) and graduate this summer. He would have to sit out a year, if that is the case. Any more news on this?

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bg_duck1 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I know everyone else is saying this but it bears repeating: Get rid of the stupida$$ black helmet, black for black's sake is just terrible plus the execution of the black last year was pathetic. They looked like practice unis at best. Also they grey facemasks are terrible, grey is not a school color. White facemasks or even better BRING BACK THE RED FACEMASKS especially on the blue helmet! And stripes on the helmets. Like a lot of people are saying the designs definitely aren't very creative let's just slap a Jayhawk on there and hopefully they don't get rid of the KU helmet either we paid a lot of money for that Trajan font so let's use it!!

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gorilla10 9 months, 3 weeks ago

They needed to keep "KU" on e blue helmets....The black looks cool but it isn't our color. If you aren't a KU fan I don't think you will be drawn to these uniforms like oregons. These will be liked by jayhawk nation only but very average to everyone else. I still say Nike would've given us a much better look.....

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9 months, 3 weeks ago

Angry Jayhawk all the way........

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Greg Ledom 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Semantics maybe, but the '41 Jayhawk is known as the fighting Jayhawk. Calling it the "angry" Jayhawk doesn't do it justice. @Maracas, I could go with "Warhawk". Nice touch.

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NotTait 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Love the Red Helmet, but never, ever wear the powder blue - horrible!!!

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JHWKDW 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Matt like I said in the other article let us get some damn wins, let us win a few win a few conference games, then worry about the helmets.

Let us get a guy that can kick a field goal for gods sake.Or have a QB that can pass halfway freaking decent Then we can talk about uniforms or helmets.

I think we are putting the carriage before the horse don't you think?

I was happy with the KU on the helmet, all I wanted was the red stripe in the middle back not all this.

Matt we keep this up, and we will be like Oregon.

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havecents 9 months, 3 weeks ago

What about Harwell? Nice recruit Chaz. Trying to win at all cost apparently.

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Maracas 9 months, 3 weeks ago

The '41 Warhawk on the while helmet, with a red and a blue stripe spaced about an inch or so apart down the center, would absolutely rock.

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Ashtin Meerpohl 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Not in love with the new helmets. I do like the idea of having a red and white helmet to go along with the blue though. I hope they don't get rid of the trajon font KU on the blue for good though. I wish they would get rid of the grey facemasks though and replace them with white ones. Also wish they would use the 1941 Jayhawk with anything football related; a lot tougher looking. I hate the idea of the blacks. It's not a school color. Never has been, never will be. Also I loved the retro blues when we wore them the first time but uniforms like that need to be a one time, commemorative type jersey, like the basketball team has done in the past to celebrate our national championships.

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Dirk Medema 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Definitely prefer the Angry 'Hawk for the FB helmet.

Wish they would have chosen silver for one of the non-blue/red options, especially if they could somehow make it metal flake.

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Dirk Medema 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I was hoping the powder blue was just a throwback for the bowl team - meant to be put away for several more decades.

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Kevin Randell 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Put the Angry Hawk on the Black Helmet and let's break out the "Dirty Bird" defense!!! I like the new hawk, but come on, this is football, it looks like "I'm just happy to be here". Angry Hawk says "I'm going to stomp a hole in the Big XII"!

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texashawk10 9 months, 3 weeks ago

My biggest complaint is I'm not a huge fan of the gray/silver facemasks and never have been unless gray/silver was a school color. I would love to see a white or red facemask on the blue helmet, a blue or white facemask on the white helmet and a red facemask on the red helmet.

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Richard Heckler 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Go for the red and blue helmets - they stand out

Vintage Jayhawks are the best.

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ljmhawk 9 months, 3 weeks ago

everyone relax...those are the old uniforms, the new ones will be revealed at a later date and i expect them to be pretty badass.

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kooky 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Hmmm, it seems I am have jumped the gun. This was just a helmet reveal. New jerseys, pants, socks, etc. to be revealed later

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Oly4KU 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Slap a yellow/gold facemask on the red helmet, add some yellow/gold shoes and socks, match 'em with blue jersey and pants and we have a flock of Jayhawks.

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KGphoto 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I still think it’s time for a more radical helmet logo. A mix between the angry 40’s Jayhawk and a modern Hawk that takes up a little more of the helmet.

Just switching the colors around doesn’t do much for me. If we are going to have 5 different unis, at least one of them should be completely radical. These aren’t going to get a kid’s attention. These unis didn’t require a designer at all. I’ll go dig up a dozen or so of my daughters drawings and have 12 better design concepts than any of these by tonight. I mean black and white? C’mon man!

So far it’s a weak effort. I’ll wait to see a few of the newest ones on the field before I pass final judgement, but I can tell you right now I hate the White helmet/black jersey combo that we wore against Iowa St., I’m still a little iffy on the powder blue, and none of these options look much more appealing so far.

Either go all the way or effin’ forget it.

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kooky 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Not a fan of the black or white uniforms. Also, the helmet stripe needs to come back, and there needs to be more stripes in general. There needs to be some design or pattern. You would think that Adidas could put a few stripes on its designs.

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Hardhawk1 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Powder Blue!?! Are we becoming North Carolina!?! No Jayhawk should EVER wear powder blue........

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JayDocMD 9 months, 3 weeks ago

First impression:

  • I'm liking the old-style " Angry Hawk" on the red helmet

  • would like seeing the red helmet with the white uni's

  • would like to see the vintage Jayhawk on the white helmet too .

  • I can't tell if I felt nauseated from the vine video due to motion-sickness or the black uni's
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Brett McCabe 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I like the Jayhawk on the helmet - one of the most identifiable logos in college sports. I think that a blue stripe on the white helmet would have been nice. Nothing that is "knock your socks off" here but we definitely needed a change.

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Vince Brown 9 months, 3 weeks ago

It's about time the '41 bird comes back! Ditch the powder blue. It didn't look good in the early '60s (Bluebonnet Bowl), sitll doesn't. I sincerely hope the team plays well enough to warrant 5 styles.

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swunruhawk 9 months, 3 weeks ago

This is awesome. Should help recruiting. The red is great. Thanks Matt.

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Hurinfan 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I like them all but black and Carolina blue. Who thought it was a good idea to use Carolina Blue? Also the red is the best.

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kujayhox 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Matt, what are the chances of wearing the red jerseys this season with one of these new helmets?

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KU_Dude 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Are we trying to compete with Oregon?

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texashawk10 9 months, 3 weeks ago

That crimson helmet with the WWII era Jayhawk is sick. I also hope they will be a free DLC uodate on NCAA 2014 like they did with the updated uniforms that came out after development on last year's NCAA 2013.

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KU_Dude 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Is black now an "official" school color? Yuck.

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Mike Barnhart 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Fastest slideshow ever! Gave me an MTV headache.

Love the Fighting Jayhawk on the red helmet. We ought to stick with that one for all football applications!

Like the powder blue. Not so fond of the black.

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Nathan Scholl 9 months, 3 weeks ago

The 1941 Angry Jayhawk you see as my avatar on the left will always be my favorite Jayhawk! Love that helmet!

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PSM 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Also wish there was more red and yellow. A red jersey would be neat. A mustard yellow helmet or jersey could be very awesome or hideous.

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Chris Bailey 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Man I wanna buy a replica of the red!

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Chris Bailey 9 months, 3 weeks ago

The vintage Jayhawk on the red helmet is sweet!!!!

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PSM 9 months, 3 weeks ago

baby blue matte and red jayhawk throwback helmets are dope. not a fan of the cartoonish number typeface on the black uni's but they're pretty cool.

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