MORGANTOWN — What was old is new again for the West Virginia University football team’s uniforms.
WVU unveiled new uniforms at halftime of Saturday’s Gold-Blue game in Morgantown. The Mountaineers will still have options with blue, gold and white combinations and also brought back gray uniforms and helmets, which have not been a part of West Virginia’s uniform options since 2012.
West Virginia players came out at halftime Saturday modeling the gold, blue and white uniforms and were soon followed by former WVU standouts Rasheed Marshall and Karl Joseph, who were wearing the gray ones.
The new uniforms come from Nike, with the Mountaineers set to wear the “Vapor Untouchable” uniform chassis in 2019.
According to a release from WVU, the template “will give the Mountaineers improved fit and functionality, reduced seams and grab points, shaped inseam, seamless fronts and shoulders to help leverage speed, improved moisture absorption and better all-around comfort with a high-tech, lighter weight design.”
The main upgrades, according to the release, will be an improved fit, better temperature regulation, stronger durability, lighter weight and comfort.
WVU has partnered with Nike’s Global Idenity Group on an athletic department-wide graphics and uniform package. The GIG process “created an exclusive numeral style, wordmarks, color palette, special typography and fonts as well as extended expressions including treatments, patterns and textures solely for WVU Athletics.”
“I am excited to bring our marks together in a unified look,” WVU athletic director Shane Lyons said in the release. “For the first time in our history, all teams will share the same colors, numbers and wordmarks, which will improve our overall look. I want to thank Nike for its time and commitment to the project and for valuing the West Virginia brand. Being a member of Nike’s GIG process speaks volumes for our department.”
Not counting blue and white helmets, West Virginia will have 16 different uniform color combinations next season, with that number jumping to 48 when you throw in the helmet options.
“The opportunity for Nike to work with a tradition-rich program like West Virginia is very exciting,” Nike senior director of college sports marketing Kit Morris said in the release. “The history and success of the Mountaineers provide much to inspire us as we continue to seek to become better together.”
As part of the Nike GIG process, WVU will also get new new uniforms for men’s and women’s basketball. Those will be revealed in the coming months, according to the release.