Missouri Tigers to Get New Uniforms, Helmet Design from Nike

Dan IrwinCorrespondent IIFebruary 21, 2012

Mizzou fans, say goodbye to the old helmet.
Mizzou fans, say goodbye to the old helmet.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The old-schoolers of Missouri are not going to like this one.

The block style "M," the one for which many alumni believe Missouri as a university is known for sports-wise, will be removed from the helmets for the 2012 season.

It had been rumored for some time that a change was going to be made, and it was confirmed early this week by Missouri athletics director Mike Alden in a letter released on Missouri's website.

"There will be changes and the look will focus much more on our logo than the 'block M,'" Alden said in his letter.

It is worth noting that the helmets available on a Google image download search are not the actual new helmets; they are simply someone's edited images.  Nike is being extremely secretive about the designs.

This new look, which will be unveiled at the Tigers' annual "Black & Gold" spring game, is the latest of Nike's next-generation style of uniforms.

Many other announcements of major changes were made by Alden as well.

The band will now be seated at the southeast end of the stands on the student side to allow sound to travel better to everyone in the stadium and create additional seating.

Also, although no specific plans are given, Alden alludes to the fact that maintaining facilities will be key in the future of the athletics department, and said, "You will see us introducing our next phase of capital improvements in the near future, and the costs associated with those will be well worth the investment."

And Alden discussed the football schedule and is open about the progress, stating Missouri has one more game to finalize and the 2012 football schedule will be complete.

Missouri will formally be a part of the Southeastern Conference beginning July 1.