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LINCOLN — Tom Osborne doesn't want to get into the business of changing Nebraska's football uniforms every week. Or “do stuff that's really wild.”
But the NU athletic director who made few uniform changes in his 25 years as the Huskers' head coach — the all-red uniform worn in the 1986 Oklahoma game still gets scorn — confirmed that adidas, the school's apparel provider, is designing an alternate uniform for one game next season.
“I think it would probably appeal to some of our recruits and some of our fans,” Osborne said. “Usually older ones like me are a little more traditional, so rather than get into a big argument over uniforms, we'll stay pretty much down the middle. We'll have at least one game where there's a change.”
And pump the brakes if you think it'll look like what Oregon trots out on a weekly basis. Or those neon adidas basketball uniforms worn by Baylor and Louisville during the NCAA tournament.
Since the “really serious discussions” about an alternate uniform began two months ago between adidas and Osborne, Nebraska's already vetoed one look proposed by the company. The uniforms will be “futuristic” but “not so dramatic that no one will know which team is out there.”
Osborne figured that the initial design would push the envelope.
“We sent them back to the drawing table and said ‘Let's cool this down a little bit,' ” Osborne said.
What will the uniforms look like? Osborne said he didn't know yet. In his first interview with The World-Herald on Monday, he said Nebraska resisted all changes to the white helmet with the thin “N” logo — Osborne believed that a black helmet had been proposed.
“We said, ‘No, not gonna do that,' ” Osborne said.
But he called back a few minutes later, saying he couldn't confirm that the helmet would stay exactly the same.
Pressed for any details on the look, Osborne said he didn't want to get into it and wasn't sure. Osborne added that coach Bo Pelini was “on board” with the alternate uniform.
If Pelini knows, his players didn't Monday after practice.
“Really?” said junior quarterback Taylor Martinez. “Sweet. Awesome. I'm excited.”
Junior wide receiver Quincy Enunwa liked the throwback 1962 jerseys and helmets Nebraska wore in 2009 for the 300th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium. The sale of those jerseys, Osborne said, “resulted in some added revenue” and “jogged a few memories.”
But Enunwa really prefers black.
“Of course everybody wants that,” Enunwa said. “Everybody's been doing it. You always see those Photoshop pictures of us in black.”
Sophomore wide receiver Kenny Bell would like to see all-black, too. And though he likes NU's red top, he'd prefer white pants without a stripe and white shoes.
Alternate looks help in recruiting, Bell said. In high school, he loved Oregon's ever-changing Nike designs.
“But in the grand scheme of things, it's not a big deal,” Bell said. “We're the same team.”
Said Osborne: “I'm usually more concerned with who's filling out the uniforms.”
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