by Travis Normand
Read: FSU puts rush order on fixing uniforms, helmets. by Ben Jones and Ira Schoffel of Warchant.com. Sept. 8, 2014.
Apparently, Seminole fans were not happy with the new uniforms that FSU wore on August 30 during their season opener against Oklahoma State. While negative fan reaction to a change in “tradition” is nothing new, what is refreshing is that the administration at FSU is apparently working to get things fixed.
Less than one week after Florida State’s new football uniforms debuted with a thud in the Seminoles’ season opener at Dallas, the university’s athletics department announced on Friday that it was taking the redesign back to the drawing board.
“Saturday night at AT&T Stadium was the first opportunity we had to see the color of our helmets and facemasks under stadium and broadcast television lights,” FSU stated in a press release. “The shades of both the Garnet facemasks and the Gold of our football helmets did not accurately represent those of our tradition-rich past.”
The sad thing about this story is that this is actual news. In my experience, when a change in tradition gets rejected by a fan base, the school making the change spends more time trying to convince the fan base that they need to accept the change as inevitable (as opposed to correcting it). So, the fact that FSU is willing to start over with their uniform design, in order to get it right, is very refreshing.
On the other hand, before I give FSU too much credit, I should point out that they have yet to correct their new logo amidst plenty of negative fan reaction. While they seem to be handling the uniform correctly, they are apparently sticking with the new logo despite the fan base’s lack of approval.
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