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


PSM 7 years, 3 months 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.

Mike Barnhart 7 years, 3 months ago

Not cartoonish, just way too tight for that dude.

Chris Bailey 7 years, 3 months ago

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

Matt Tait 7 years, 3 months ago

Have to agree. That one looks nice. Really like the way the red pops, too.

HawksWin 7 years, 3 months ago

Matt, Are you serious? LJW in bed with Google? This data sucking, spying and tracking company is in bed with the NSA, and now you are going to hand us over to Google? No thanks.

PSM 7 years, 3 months 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.

mcrckchlk 7 years, 3 months ago

If the facemask and shoes on the red helmet uniforms were yellow... then we'd somewhat have a jayhawk.

Nathan Scholl 7 years, 3 months ago

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

Mike Barnhart 7 years, 3 months 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.

KU_Dude 7 years, 3 months ago

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

texashawk10 7 years, 3 months 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.

KU_Dude 7 years, 3 months ago

Are we trying to compete with Oregon?

KGphoto 7 years, 3 months ago

You mean trying to keep up? Most (maybe all by now) schools with a shoe deal are already doing this.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 3 months ago

You mean like for 4 & 5 recruits?


Laurence Cooley 7 years, 3 months ago

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

Matt Tait 7 years, 3 months ago

Not sure. I was told, though, that they'll be updating the uniforms later this summer in time for the 2013 season.

And simple math indicates that they have 20 different possibilities each Saturday, though you can probably easily eliminate a couple based on common sense.

actorman 7 years, 3 months ago

I agree (+ Oklahoma, and it's one of ISU's colors). I don't mind the red helmets (and I love the angry Jayhawk on them) if they were combined with a blue or white jersey, but I've never been wild about red uniforms in football or basketball.

Hurinfan 7 years, 3 months 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.

texashawk10 7 years, 3 months ago

The powder blue one is a throwback to 1961 when KU beat Rice in the Bluebonnet Bowl. I'm hoping the Rice game this year is when KU wears that throwback look since I'll be at that game.

Stan Unruh 7 years, 3 months ago

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

Vince Brown 7 years, 3 months 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.

JayDocMD 7 years, 3 months 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

Hardhawk1 7 years, 3 months ago

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

nuleafjhawk 7 years, 3 months ago

I was going to say the same thing. I like all of the helmets with the Jayhawks, but hate the North Carolina helmet.

kooky 7 years, 3 months 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.

KGphoto 7 years, 3 months 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.

rockchalk_dpu 7 years, 3 months ago

One of the players took to twitter and said that this wasn't the last of the announcements and there apparently are a few more jerseys yet to be unveiled. I'm not a fan of the black jerseys becuase it isn't a school color, but love the red helmets and the all white look.

The main thing is what do recruits think, and so far all the feedback from them has been positive. As Deion Sanders said "Look good, you feel good. Feel good, you play good." Here's hoping that holds true for us this season.

Oly4KU 7 years, 3 months 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.

kooky 7 years, 3 months 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

ljmhawk 7 years, 3 months 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.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 3 months ago

Go for the red and blue helmets - they stand out

Vintage Jayhawks are the best.

texashawk10 7 years, 3 months 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.

Kevin Randell 7 years, 3 months 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"!

Dirk Medema 7 years, 3 months ago

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

Dirk Medema 7 years, 3 months 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.

Ashtin Meerpohl 7 years, 3 months 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.

Maracas 7 years, 3 months 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.

NotTait 7 years, 3 months ago

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

Greg Ledom 7 years, 3 months 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.

gorilla10 7 years, 3 months 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.....

bg_duck1 7 years, 3 months 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!!

sokanhawk 7 years, 3 months 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?

Tony Bandle 7 years, 3 months ago

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

shelleysue 7 years, 3 months 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.

poet008 7 years, 3 months 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?

gratefulhawk 7 years, 3 months 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

The_poster_kusports_needs 7 years, 3 months ago

"we have one of the most recognized mascot in all of college sports"

According to whom?

gratefulhawk 7 years, 3 months ago

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

Randy Bombardier 7 years, 3 months 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.

gratefulhawk 7 years, 3 months ago

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

Jeff Soisson 7 years, 3 months 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.

Pitthawk34 7 years, 3 months 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.

Norm Jennings 7 years, 3 months 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?

wyansas 7 years, 3 months ago

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

sadester30 7 years, 3 months 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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