The Norman Transcript

August 29, 2013

Sooners could surprise us with new uniforms some day

Stoops not opposed to alternate outfits

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The last time Oklahoma wore an alternate uniform was a 2009 loss at Texas Tech. The uniforms that afternoon were a throw back to the Sooners’ teams of the 1950s.

OU coach Bob Stoops doesn’t have a problem with OU doing that again.

“If it has some type of flavor of honoring our past a little bit here and there,” he said. “You never know, we might surprise you someday.”

Some schools — Oregon and Oklahoma State are the main two — use a wide variety uniform combinations as a recruiting tool. But many schools are starting to experiment with new uniform combinations. Even Notre Dame and Michigan have started doing so in recent years.

Whether or not OU will experiment with different uniforms remains to be seen. Stoops said it really hasn’t been much of a topic with recruits.

“Usually that’s not a big part of the conversation. Hopefully they’re interested a lot more in what programs are doing and not doing,” he said. “I think for the most part kids are, as well as parents. Academic issues along with the way you run your program and championships and things like that.”