New West Virginia football uniforms were unveiled today at the Mountaineers’ spring game, bringing a distinct new style — and a wide variety of it — to Morgantown.
Players will have three different colors to choose from — gold, blue and white — for pants, jerseys and helmets, marking the first gold West Virginia helmet since 1978 and the first white helmet since ’79. All three lids will feature a matte finish, departing aesthetically from the previous glossy Mountaineers headwear.
A number of school-specific features adorn the new gear as well, most notably an edged, sharp number-font inspired by miners’ packaxes. Beyond that are a number of more subtle details, including the West Virginia state motto (“Montani Semper Liberi”) stitched inside the back collar and a canary graphic inside the front collar, a tribute to West Virginia’s coal mining history. (Historically, miners would use canaries to detect certain dangerous gasses.)