West Virginia Football: Mountaineers Unveil New Nike Uniforms at Spring Game

Ian BergCorrespondent IApril 20, 2013

Photo via West Virginia Athletics Video
Photo via West Virginia Athletics VideoStreeter Lecka/Getty Images

New uniform designs have become the signature of a number of teams over the years, but the West Virginia Mountaineers are usually not to be found in the discussion.

Until now.

West Virginia is not a team that changes its look often, but its new look is one that fans should be happy with.

“WV” is still on the helmet in keeping with tradition, and it remains at the center of the jersey too. Solid jersey colors are still the dominant scheme, but the addition of new lids to the uniform lineup is the most obvious change.

One major addition is something that fans won’t even notice. There was the addition of the phrase “Montani Semper Liberi” to the jersey neckline. It means “Mountaineers are always free” and is the the state motto. 

Now, when the Mountaineers take the field, they will have helmets which match their jersey color. In the past, their helmets have always been solid blue.

The Mountaineers released photos and a YouTube video announcing the release of their new Nike jersey line prior to the spring game.

Here is a look at the new duds for the Mountaineers from tweeted by Geoff Coyle and Tony Dobies:

More angles of the #WVU Football uniforms twitter.com/GFCoyle/status…

— Geoff Coyle (@GFCoyle) April 20, 2013

And the backs of the uniforms #wvu twitter.com/DOBIEST/status…

— Tony Dobies (@DOBIEST) April 20, 2013

Here's a look at current players wearing the jerseys from Brett McMurphy's Twitter:

More new uniforms: these at West Virginia twitter.com/McMurphyESPN/s…

— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 20, 2013

This is the release video showing all three of the uniforms on Mountaineers players:

The video shows all three uniform schemes and is not a bad hype video. Of all the uniform changes that have come over the past few seasons, this is the most modest and traditional that I have seen.

West Virginia did it right by adding modest changes and keeping with tradition.