Tech uniforms: ‘A lot of things in the pipeline’

1. Georgia Tech may have new headgear to show off for its nationally-televised season opener on Monday. It’s possible new uniforms are coming, too.

Said Tech spokesman Wayne Hogan, “We’ve got a lot of things in the pipeline.”

Wednesday, multiple Yellow Jackets players posted a photo of a new helmet on their Twitter accounts that drew instant reaction, positive and negative. The photo and messages hinting that it would be worn in Monday’s game against Virginia Tech were taken down soon after they were posted.

Hogan acknowledged that the helmet – white with adjoining hexagonal cells outlined in gold, suggesting a yellow jacket nest – was legitimate, though he didn’t know if it would be worn against the Hokies. The helmet will have the interlocking “GT” logo applied when it is used for a game. Monday, Tech will wear its white road uniforms with blue trim.

The team and outfitter Russell Athletic have worked on new designs for a uniform, Hogan said, with many different combinations of helmets, jerseys and pants in the mix. He said nothing is “significantly different” from Tech’s uniforms of late, although it would be difficult to describe the white helmet as anything less than that.

“What we’re trying to do is give some options of several different things that we think the players will enjoy being a part of,” Hogan said.

To the delight of some fans and horror of others, alternate uniforms have become the rage in college football, notably Oregon and Maryland. A segment of Tech’s fan base has called for untraditional uniform designs to keep up with the trend, which some believe can help in recruiting. Reaction on Twitter to the white helmet ranged from “pretty cool” to “yuck!!!” to “they look like a golf ball.”

“I just feel like we need to come up with some Russell combat uniform or something,” said quarterback/A-back Synjyn Days, referring to Nike’s Pro Combat uniforms. “I feel like it should be something crazy, but I’m not sure if our alumni would [go for] that because it’s a tradition, white and gold.”

2. On the ACC coaches teleconference on Wednesday, coach Paul Johnson and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer were queried on a popular topic in advance of any game in which Tech’s opponent has extra time to prepare – whether or not the added practice time helps the opposing defense get ready for the Jackets’ option-based spread offense.

“I think that’s helpful,” Beamer said. “You see this offense one time a year, and having a little extra time to work on that part of it, I do think that’s a benefit. The other thing is, no matter who you put out there, our scout team can’t run it like their team, that’s for sure.”

“I’ve never really bought into all that,” Johnson said. “I think you’ve got more time to get ready, we’ve got more time to get ready for them. It works out pretty much the same. I might be in the minority, but that part, I’ve never really thought much about it or worried about it that much.”

3. There were no injury updates following Wednesday’s practice, as coaches or players were not made available to media. Defensive players and coaches will be available Thursday, followed by Johnson’s news conference on Friday.

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178 comments Add your comment

Dawg12

August 29th, 2012
6:25 pm

superDawg, stop posting stupid comments on rival schools articles. It makes uga look like a bunch of dummies.

Jacket Time

August 29th, 2012
6:28 pm

Lets just hope we have a better outcome than georgia did in their spiffy uniforms.

230gr Full Metal Jacket

August 29th, 2012
6:34 pm

“Golf ball” is exactly what I thought of when I saw the picture. Stick with traditional uniforms (I personally prefer the Navy Blue and Gold like the 1990 team wore). we all saw how absolutely retarded UGA looked last season in thier underoo’s at the dome (I don’t know how Boise State’s players could even focus they were laughing so hard!!) — why even go down that road. Last time I checked an ugly uniform doesn’t make you play better.

Innocent Bystander

August 29th, 2012
6:36 pm

Not doing the Power Rangers thing this year, superDwag? I guess when you lose to Boise in them…

NCJacket

August 29th, 2012
6:40 pm

So confirmed that we won’t have new unis on monday? But he “doesn’t know” if they will wear the helmets? That has got to be a straight lie.

yeller bug

August 29th, 2012
6:40 pm

Wow when dwagfans are the first to post on a GT site, then they must need something to do. Bloomers would still look better than those Santa suit uniforms you guys had superdawg.

I think they do look like a golf ball, but if that helps remind them to get long drives, avoid hazards, score well, and get a shot at a title then I’m all for it.

NCJacket

August 29th, 2012
6:41 pm

I actually really liked uga’s unis for the boise game.

Hayseed Dixie

August 29th, 2012
6:42 pm

@ dry dirt road

C’mon, man, chime in. This is SO your wheelhouse.

For the record, I don’t pretend to know what motivates 18-24 year olds.

If this gets them pumped, so be it.

Go Jackets.

Hayseed Dixie

August 29th, 2012
6:44 pm

@NC Jacket

Yeah, I thought their jerseys against Boise were fine. I didn’t understand the hubub.

Not nearly as atrocious as bobo’s playcalling.

Ostrich Racer

August 29th, 2012
7:03 pm

Yellowjackets live underground. They don’t build honeycombs. If you want something “suggesting a yellowjacket nest”, draw a picture of a hole in the ground.

Ostrich Racer

August 29th, 2012
7:27 pm

I retract my comment about the honeycomb shape — apparently, they do build nests with octagonal cells.

Innocent Bystander

August 29th, 2012
7:27 pm

Yellow jackets also build hexagonal nests, even though they don’t produce honey.

Clyde

August 29th, 2012
7:29 pm

Ostrich Racer, do you have Google on your browser?

BIrmingham Jacket

August 29th, 2012
8:13 pm

I’m don’t agree with everything “WnE” says, but I have to give him/her credit.

And I’ll bet that he/she was the same blogger that called for Chan Gailey’s ousting 3 years before it happened. They could see the writing on the wall.

Folks, there a 2 accomplishments in CFB. One happens (or doesn’t happen in our case) in February. Signing Day. The other plays out over the course of 4.5 months during the season in wins and losses.

The 2 achievements are ABSOLUTELY interlinked.

Recruit well, win games. Don’t recruit well… Lose games.

Please… Wake up, and realize this regime is incredibly deficient in half the battle.

RECRUITING.

Send them on their way.

BLT

August 29th, 2012
8:32 pm

How about the “hell with the new uniforms” until we beat VT.

Get after it Yellow Jackets!!!

Hayseed Dixie

August 29th, 2012
8:45 pm

@Birmingham Jacket

The thing with WnE has nothing to do with opinions. C’mon man, you’re smart enough to figure that out.

We tolerate opinions on here just fine. UGA fans like Dawg48, Dawglasville, DawginLex etc. are accepted here because they’re actually interested in a- wait for it….. discussion.

And I prefer to wait until the season begins before passing judgement.

If CPJ keeps Tech at 8-5 until he finds his Tommy Frazier, well, that’s more wins than losses.

Think about it- how does the O’Leary regime look without Joe Hamilton. Really, think about it.

Football is, and will always be, a primarily QB driven game. There are exceptions, but they’re rare.

He did well in getting Vad Lee and Justin Thomas on the flats. The reality of CFB recruiting is- you don’t know how the kid is gonna play until you get his butt on the field.

Why else are Aaron Rogers and Drew Brees the elite of the elite? There’s a reason the recruiting sites take down/hide their analysis of certain players after awhile.

Long Beach Jacket

August 29th, 2012
8:50 pm

Pretty cool re: Unis…. Adds to the pre-game BUZZ!!!

GT unis have traditionally been some of the best. Dallas Cowboys copied them (true. check it out).

Good to stay with the trend of experimenting a bit. Gets the players hyped. Good… so be it.

Traditional ones will always be with us (don’t worry traditionalists….take a deep breath).

That said, the unis will have ABSOLUTELY no impact on how the game is played Monday night.

The goal is GT WIN. Don’t care what they wear really. Just WIN!

GO JACKETS!!!!

Long Beach Jacket

August 29th, 2012
9:04 pm

Adder: Well said Hayseed Dixie. CPJ has PLENTY of good players. And QB is the key position, but in the case of this year, I think GT can be outstanding if Tevin manages the game well, he doesn’t have to make all the big plays…though he’s proven he can make a few here and there.

There is some validity to all the recruiting “analysis” if you want to call it that (mostly a money-making industry for the recruiting gurus).

I live out here on the West Coast and Chip Kelly has gone 34-6 at Oregon in the past 4 yrs.
(remember they were ahead of might Auburn in 4Q of 2010 Nat Ch game….)
In that time he’s only had ~6 or 7 players picked up in the NFL draft.
Chip Kelly has a great system.
So does CPJ.
Be patient all…and enjoy….

Great Reading

August 29th, 2012
9:12 pm

For all of you who like to bash CPJ’s recruiting. How about you google “The Paul Johnson Recruiting Myth”, look into the facts and figures. Then shut the “F” up.

Hayseed Dixie

August 29th, 2012
9:35 pm

@Long Beach Jacket

Funny you should mention Oregon.

I always thought that CPJ’s goal would be to have a keep-em-guessing type of offense like an Oregon- *but* with a little bit of dirty south nastiness.

That would be an incredibly fun team to watch- and I think it’s within reach. In fact, we might see it Monday night.

collegeballfan

August 29th, 2012
9:40 pm

Why don’t the jackets wear the same old gold helmet and jazz it up with a red jersey and pants that have one black leg and one green leg?

Or more simply, why fix it if it ain’t broke?

Changing uniforms is the silliest thing I can imagine.

Arno

August 29th, 2012
9:45 pm

Gold with white hexagons would look ok. But not the golfball, please.

OkieDawg

August 29th, 2012
9:52 pm

The helment looks like, dare I say but with all due respect, CHICKEN wire. Honestly, just an observation from a real dawg calling it as he sees. No baiting…no belittling…I will be watching Monday night and pulling for TECH…GO TECH!!!!

I suppose the Tech fan base is giving the same support to the dawgs against the Buffalo Bills, no Bulls?

Paul in NH

August 29th, 2012
9:54 pm

I am sure OkieDawg will be pulling for Tech on Monday night – the only question is, which Tech is he pulling for?

Ga Tech Old Timer

August 29th, 2012
10:33 pm

Since when does the age of the fan determine whether or not something will be liked or not – and that goes for the type offense and defense run by new coaches to the style of the uniform / helmet? Change is NOT always a good thing as evidenced by the Georgia and Maryland teams uniform options over the past few years. And, since when does the style / color of the uniform aide in the recruiting process? I seriously doubt anyone can name a single player who chose a school based on it’s “cool” uniform and color schemes. When the Athletic Association and/or coaching staff of any school feels there needs to be a “change” – try starting with what’s INSIDE the uniform and how they play. Try spending that same money addressing the won/loss record, try spending that same money addressing the attendance for home games where at times more fans attend for the opposition than your own team. Folks talk about the Oregon team uniforms mainly because – Oregon is a winner. Folks talk about Maryland uniforms mainly because there hasn’t been much else to talk about. You think the combat type uniform helped Georgia to defeat Boise last year? Ya think there might be a reason why 98% of all other colleges maintain the uniform they’ve worn for years?

I’m Not against change – I’m all for becoming the best you can be without resorting to gimmicks to divert attention away from focusing on that task. Once we begin to play like / win like Oregon – then let’s think about changing uniforms. Until then coaches, players and fans shouldn’t be debating new uniforms.

NCJacket

August 29th, 2012
10:44 pm

Why do you have to start winning before you change the uniforms? It seems more logical to change uniforms when you want to kick start a sluggish team. If you’re already winning there is no reason to make a change…

gt40pinhd

August 29th, 2012
10:50 pm

hate to admit it: i’m a traditionalist. but…..let’s try the new ones once and a while. i think it will inspire the players. out here, oregon is an interesting offense, not as complex as cpj’s. but i did not like the unis they changed too.

10percenter

August 29th, 2012
10:54 pm

I don’t like the honeycomb pattern. It is too close to bees, which is an association I would rather not reinforce.

CT_Jacket

August 29th, 2012
11:02 pm

I agree that new uniforms will not affect the quality of play on the field. I don’t think high school kids pick schools because of the uniform either. However, I do think that “cool” uniforms are an attraction for recruits, just like indoor practice facilities. While I appreciate the traditions at GT, I also like to think that we can push the envelope every now and then just like we do academically and professionally.

Buzzzed

August 29th, 2012
11:06 pm

Love changing up the unis. Thank you!

NCJacket

August 29th, 2012
11:08 pm

Another thing to think about: Schools don’t just recruit football players, they also recruit students. Marketing the school in this way helps recruiting for both. If it pisses off a few alumni in the process then tough luck. Not everyone can be happy.

Lee R.

August 29th, 2012
11:26 pm

If we’re supposed to believe that they would wear this helmet with the regular uniforms then the GTAA is nuts. I think they’ll have new jerseys to go along with the helmet for monday night, and hopefully something cool and traditional that we can wear for the rest of the season and for seasons to come.

Bee

August 29th, 2012
11:28 pm

I live the old colors!

Stalin's Ghost

August 29th, 2012
11:49 pm

WTH?
Tech makes it harder and harder to be a fan.

Stalin's Ghost

August 29th, 2012
11:52 pm

how about more concern about beating Georgia, discovering how to play defense, and throwing the ball?

new uniforms? cows out of the barn, and GT is still worrying about what kind of lock to buy

1 4 GT

August 30th, 2012
12:44 am

FYI—if you’re interested & can listen. CPJ will be on 680 AM with Buck (UGH) & Ballew @ 1:00 PM & CFB will be on @ 2:30 PM tomorrow 30/8/2012.

pcb mike

August 30th, 2012
1:04 am

Please don’t mess with our Old Gold helmet with the white GT on it. Not only because it is traditional, it looks great. Let Oregon and Nike come up with an uglier uniform every week, they are good at it.

BS Patrol

August 30th, 2012
1:28 am

I remember reading of a recruit several years ago choosing AU because of their logo. No joke. IMHO uniforms should change like any other fashion. Witness the evolution of NFL logos. I was never a big fan of the GT logo. It reeks of Bud Carson. A letter T would suit me fine.

WnE

August 30th, 2012
3:05 am

re:
Hayseed Dixie
August 29th, 2012
8:45 pm

@Birmingham Jacket

The thing with WnE has nothing to do with opinions. C’mon man, you’re smart enough to figure that out.

If CPJ keeps Tech at 8-5 until he finds his Tommy Frazier, well, that’s more wins than losses.

Think about it- how does the O’Leary regime look without Joe Hamilton. Really, think about it.

Football is, and will always be, a primarily QB driven game. There are exceptions, but they’re rare.

Why else are Aaron Rogers and Drew Brees the elite of the elite? There’s a reason the recruiting sites take down/hide their analysis of certain players after awhile.
_______________

Do you realize how you sound?

After CPJ first 2 yrs. with CHAN’s recruits many GT fans were saying we’d be playing for MNCs in years 4 & 5 when CPJ got “his hand-picked Recruits for his system”.

Here we are going into yr. 5 and now those same fans that talked of MNCs are now talking like you saying they’ll be happy with 8-5 seasons and “close losses to UGA”.

Please explain what CPJ did to LOWER YOUR DREAMS so much?

If our collective fanbase has to LOWER their expectations of GT FB that much then one must ask, is CPJ the right man to lead GT FB?

BTW you can’t just remove Joe Ham from GOL’s legacy because GOL busted his butt and beat out Nebraska and RECRUITED him to GT along with other pretty good players, GOL held up the RECRUITING part of his job and it paid dividends.

Also , both Aaron Rogers & Drew Brees (Cal & Purdue) were both academic qualifiers for GT, when will GT get their version of those types of dynamic passers to play at GT, we haven’t had a 50% passer since Godsey played over a decade ago.

And based on CPJ ’s recruiting we might not have one (50% passer) for another decade, unless of course we make some changes, if you know what I mean.

ToeMeetsLeather

August 30th, 2012
7:21 am

Monday can’t get here soon enough folks. We need something to discuss besides opinions.

Can’t see TECH dragging two sets of helments to Blacksburg. They would never warm up in one set and unveil the new ones for a the game on the road. We may see them against UVA or as a drought buster for our game with the “U”.

Ken, please tell us Holton is back on the practice field today.

Graphite shaft

August 30th, 2012
8:31 am

Funny that evidence otherwise points to pj being wrong on more time. Of course he will never admit the obvious.

old dog

August 30th, 2012
8:35 am

Good luck to y’all against VT. The new uniforms sure did not help us last year, as Boise State made our o-line look like midget-league players! (Can’t blame the uniforms, but still!) I pull for y’all x-cept when playin’ us, but I gotta be fair and tell you; those helmets are uglier than Bruce Willis’s daughter “Scout”!

dawgfan

August 30th, 2012
8:36 am

UGA does a blackout and then Tech does a “White Out.”

UGA wears Nike pro combat for a nationally televised opening game and now Tech wants to do the same thing.

We should call them the Georgia Tech Copycats.

HardHeaded

August 30th, 2012
8:41 am

How bout blocking,tackling,catching,and running faster than your opponent. Those few things that will help rather than new uniforms. Oh I know the players want something “fresh” but gee so would I like a championship with the possibility of heading to a major bowl.
I have been a Tech fan since I was young and Bobby Dodd was running things. The AJC was 2 papers that had the cutting edge phots of Tech plays with the dotted line to show where the ball was and where it was going so Tech and Coach Johnson win I don’t really care what you wear as long as I know your are Georgia Tech.

old dog

August 30th, 2012
8:50 am

I retract my last statement; no helmet (or anything else) is THAT ugly!

two bits

August 30th, 2012
8:54 am

“Change is NOT always a good thing as evidenced by”
also evidenced by the horrendous president that was elected 4 years ago

HighTech

August 30th, 2012
8:59 am

In addition to the recruiting difficulties mentioned many times on here before (tough admission standards, narrow curriculum), it does not help when someone posing as a fan works extra hard using social media to try to convince a highly regarded recruit to not sign with Tech.

GTVegas

August 30th, 2012
9:13 am

I prefer tradition, but if the players want to mix it up once in a while and do something different, that’s OK. Maybe we keep tradition at home and mix it up away. I say we where the most fan annoying uniforms at all away games just to mess with their fans.

Can you make a chrome uni that would reflect the sunshine into the fan’s and opposing team’s eyes? Might have to add a tinted shield to the helmut though for our own player’s protection. Maybe some sort ofdesign that makes the GT players repulsive to look at and touch?

Highly Respected Southern Troll

August 30th, 2012
9:15 am

I’m not bashing Paul Johnson but it’s pretty apparent what’s happened at Tech since he arrived. He inheritied a team fairly stocked with NFL-caliber talent. Johnson, Richard, Morgan, Dwyer, Burnett, etc. He ran that tank dry the first two years. Since those guys left, Johnson’s ran about .500, and Tech hasn’t exactly played tough schedules. Hell, he couldn’t even beat one of the worst Georgia teams in years (2009) with a lot of those players still around.

I think Johnson’s a better on-the-field coach than Gailey was, but O’Leary and Ross were the best coaches Georgia Tech has had in my lifetime.

GTVegas

August 30th, 2012
9:15 am

What about a material that soaks up light so that, in noght mes, they jus look like black holes running around the field. Even better, put them in a green color that is the exact same as whatever field they are playing on, or motled to look more like grass camo. Make the numbers the same style as the yardage markers.