Helmets for the Bama Game Unveiled

Finally, some good news here. It looks like we're going for a classic approach, per a tweet from VT football.
Here's the link for the helmets: http://instagram.com/p/dhS9vWwNf1/#


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#ALLMAROONEVERYTHING...if we are in anything else I drop our chances by 10%.

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

I won't down vote you for your negativity. And assume you were making a joke.

Personally I think there is something special about this team. I think EVERYONE knows that they got complacent last year and have an extra fire this year to prove that last year was a blip. I feel better about this team with these coaches going into this game then if we had an ok year last year and kept the same coaches. I think we will see some vintage Tech football and a fire we haven't seen on the field in years.

I think we will beat these guys. Bama is the 1980 Soviet hockey team. Their time is done.

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

I WILL upvote you for your optimism and 1980 Soviet Hockey team reference.

I was mostly making a joke. But that said, I don't think its being negative to say its low likelihood that VT wins on Saturday. That's just being realistic. Given our situation/depth/injuries/overall talent vs Bama's, a 10% chance of winning sounds about right and might even be overly optimistic. So my math probably wasn't that bad :)

All that said, they play the games for a reason. There's a David to every Goliath. If JMU can beat VT in Lane and App St can beat Michigan in Ann Arbor, then VT can beat Alabama in ATL. It's not probable, but its possible.

Well 10% off of 10% puts it at 9%. That being said, I'm just so sick of hearing how great they are and how bad we are. We've had plenty of disappointment over the years but last year was the first non 10 win season in forever. Throughout that time we've had plenty of injuries/talent/depth issues (and Glennon) and yet we were fine. If this team gets back to playing hard and playing smart, like those teams did, we will be right back on track.

Everything in life comes down to belief and execution and this team sounds like they believe. Come Saturday, we will see if they can execute.

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

I need some of your Kool-aid.

Tech Tech VPI

Its not Kool-Aid its this:

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

Not sure, I just did a Google images search for "Maroon & Orange Sunglasses" and those bad boys popped up.

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

Skipper, I kid you not this is one of my favorite posts of all time on here.

After KennyHokie and HokeFan4Life of course

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

Dock that Wahoo 3 Zimas for forgetting that Mike London used to be a cop.

The all white frame is pretty awesome

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

I tend to agree that there is this quiet confidence with this addition of Hokie football. The players and coaches seem cool and relaxed about this game. I believe the coaches worked the players over hard and nothing prepares you in life better then hard work. Bama isn't respecting Virginia Tech..this is Vandy or Miss St. To them. I hope we GET AFTER'EM!

Touchdown Tech - Bill Roth

The Hokie 300 vs. the Roll Tide Persians? Let the battle begin then...

Being aggressive, being tough...that's the Virginia Tech way.

i have a feeling they are going to do something with the uniforms this week we won't like. I have a hunch they are going to try something odd like gray or black. I don't know why but I feel like they are. I hope they just go #ALLMAROONEVERYTHING though. Why wouldn't they have said anything up to this point?

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster

Why? As a throwback to 1892?

Live for 32. Ut Prosim. Let's Go, Hokies.

Next thing you're going to tell us is they're switching from Polyester to Cotton...


a hunch. We have always had gray in the color palette of VT gear but this year it seems like there has been an increased presence in our branded material. Also look at the the ESPNU All Access show and count how many pieces of gray gear you see as opposed to the typical. Only three coaches have on non gray (CFB, Shane, and Stiney) and all of their pieces looked older and not recently distributed.

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster

I could be down with gray depending on how they do it. I know a lot of people didn't like them, but I really enjoyed the black jerseys against Boise as a one time thing. All maroon everything would be sweet, though.

stick it in, stick it in, stick it in!

I just saw on the comments...looks like grey...

Embrace it. Hokie stone. What's tougher than tough? We are.

#BeatBama #NeverStopImproving


Can someone embed the image for those of us unable to access Instagram?

Hopefully we hear something by tomorrow about jersey and pants.

They usually announce this stuff a week ahead of time.

Chick Patty w/ Cheese

I would guess that we will be wearing what the players in the background of the picture are wearing. Orange jersey, white pants, maroon helmet.

Fortune Favors the Bold

Maybe but I don't think so. Those jerseys are from 2008/2009, IIRC. I think there are two options: 1. Wear a uniform combo we have worn since we switched to the LSU-style unis (potentially with maroon jerseys AND maroon pants!) or 2. Wear something we've never worn before (like the grey/hokiestone mentioned above).

But who knows?! If I knew we'd #beatbama on the condition we'd don the Turkey Track helmets, I'd be all for it.

I like the grey Hokie Stone rumor! Hokie Stone is limestone infused with magnesium and calcium under intense pressure and temperature. These pressures have been known to crush elephants like dung beetles. Formation of the stone began 450 million years ago when the local area was covered by a shallow sea. Sam Rogers has a skeleton that is plated with Hokie Stone.

Fortune Favors the Bold

Hey, Im at work and cant open up any Twitter/Instagram photos. Anyway someone can post a photo?

Pour some Beer on it

I have heard in previous posts and tweets that the hokies will be wearing all white since bama likes to wear their all whites. I haven't gotten wind of anything different but I'll start looking around.

Grey? Like Elephants? I don't get it..

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I don't like All Maroon that much. I prefer orange in this one since Crimson red is close to maroon and their fans will be wearing Crimson. A main reason I'm wearing orange to the game.

Rip his freaking head off!

Fans wear orange, team wears #ALLMAROONEVERYTHING. That's the ideal, IMHO.

I've never really understood this. Who cares if the whole stadium is wearing a similar color?

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

For a neutral site game I'd like for it to look like there is a clear difference in the fans. Especially when they're cutting the tickets right down the middle.

Rip his freaking head off!

Then they should wear white.

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

I just like orange more than white. That's why I proposed orange.

Rip his freaking head off!

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

Yeah, last I heard Bama was the home team and we were wearing white and it pissed some Bama fans off.

"Sure, I've been called a xenophobe, but the truth is, I'm not. I honestly just feel that America is the best country and the other countries aren't as good. That used to be called patriotism." Kenny Powers

We are actually the home team according to the Chick Fil A Bowl's twitter. Honestly, I don't see us wearing a certain color just to keep the other team from wearing it. I could care less what either team wears. It's about production, determination, effort, and never giving up. Wear pink camo for all I care as long as you put it all on the line and, in the words of Bud Foster, play your nuts off.

Do you have a link? It would seem to me that we're the away team since we're listed on the seating chart as being on the visitors sideline.

Rip his freaking head off!

I don't think I've ever seen a triple post before.

Rip his freaking head off!

Well if it pisses Bama fans off then I like it.

Rip his freaking head off!

Count me in for liking the idea of Hokie Stone uni's as long as we have a good designer working them up. No pro-combat weirdness though.

They always use a generic maroon helmet for the game week matchup thing. Never is directly indicative of what they actually wear.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.


yeah you're right i just went through the vt equipment room twitter pictures and they always have the generic maroon helmet for the match up

Haha sorry to bring you down like that. I did the same thing, went through old pics.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.


I understand that there are considerations that must be made by the AD and department in terms of the uniform designs, color, logos, etc. Whether they are relevant or not, I understand that they are made.

But is it really that damn hard to just go All Maroon and get after it Weaver?

We need an insider. How about someone on campus befriends an employee of the Virginia Tech Tailor Shop over on Stanger Street? They mainly work with the Corps but I've heard in the past that all jerseys go through them.

I know a lot of tech fans don't like much flash when it comes to jerseys and helmets, but I would love to see an orange facemask on the maroon helmets

So long as it's not the Hokie tracks or the horrendously unbalanced Hokie Bird/# helmet we saw, I'm ok with it.

what about turkey tracks on 1 side and foghorn leghokie on the other?


The original poster of the comments regarding grey uniforms (who said they have a family member associated with the day-to-day operations of the VT football program) on the Instagram page has since deleted all of their posts on the subject. A little bit of quick cross referencing found that said poster (I won't post names for privacy's sake) does indeed have a relative in the athletics department who could, theoretically, have access to that information.

Couple this info with the radio silence out of the VT football equipment twitter feed (normally and up to that point very active) and I think that something big is in the works for uni's. I could definitely be wrong (and I don't think I would mind if I am), but I'm inclined to believe that grey uni's are on the way for Bama... Like it or not.

I'm apparently one of about three Hokies on the planet who likes the BC rivalry.

I for one loved the black unis (I own one of the replicas) so I'm not going to comment on it till they come out. However I am a little nervous given there was no marketing campaign from Nike as there was in 2010.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.


I must say, those things were pretty damn cool, especially given the kinds of engineers good ol' VPI&SU produces... I just hate that we always seem to lose in some of our coolest uni's.

Also, upon further review, grey uniforms could be pretty nice...

I'm apparently one of about three Hokies on the planet who likes the BC rivalry.

I liked the gray throwback ones we did a few years back with the block "VPI" on them.

We put the K in Kwality

dont forget these, grey could be badass

"It's worth it right? It's worth it to lay it all on the line for your brothers!"
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster (both quotes)

I definitely like grey with maroon and orange. I just get a little scared because I think weaver wants us to become oregon of the east coast.

And if the combos are well done what's the problem with being the Oregon of the east coast. Let's see a program that has dedicated fans, competes for national titles, great recruiting and facilities yea I'd like that


I have nothing against dedicated fans, national titles, great recruiting, and nice facilities...It's just my preference to pick a decent jersey style and stay with it and I like the classic ones we have with the solid maroon helmet. Lot's of the most storied programs keep the same uni's year in and year out. But hey, that's just my preference, and I understand yours...I think it is the generational gap.

Very possible. And I dont mind that either but that works for the true big boys with iconic unis and I don't think we're one of them. As much as some fans like the old all maroon and I do to. It just needs to be updated. As I've said in other threads something like Boise states new units except maroon obv


I thought faded numbers were no longer allowed. Also, the changing jerseys doesn't bother me as much...I just want them to stick with the maroon helmets.

number just have to contrast the jersey color, no matter the outline color. no more black on black or white on white, even if they do have a with glow yeloow outline

Number could be solid white with orange outline would be fine. Simple but modern is what I want to go to. I'm simply tired of the throw back look


What I wouldn't mind is going back to the jerseys of the Vick Era, solid maroon with white numbers outlined by orange...and orange TV numbers. The only difference I would like to see is modernizing the number font. But yeah, keep it simple.

exactly...and there has been a boost in the amount of hat and shirt grey options. Last nights All Access show featured almost every coach wearing new VT gear featuring gray as the primary color.

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster

Shit. Next to Oregon we own this game. If its got a swoosh, it'll sell.


I don't expect anything too groundbreaking. I feel like they made a killing on the black jerseys for the Boise game so if we were doing anything too crazy I feel like we'd of heard or at least seen something by now.

But hey, we could come out wearing leather helmets for all I really know.

Your statement got me thinking. We're all wondering what said gray jersey actually looks like, and from what it sounds like we are all envisioning a jersey that is a [modern] departure from our standard "throwback" uniform. What if the jersey is just a gray version of the throwback?

Personally, my response would be:


I wish I had a way to use that real time in my real life.


I doubt they'll do anything crazy with the uniforms at this point. If they want to make any money by selling them before the game, they'd have released it by now and have the stores packed with them.

Can anyone confirm that the helmet displayed for game week is the actual helmet that is worn during the game?

Also, anyone else notice that the helmet for Alabama is #98? That was the year we beat them in the Music City Bowl.


Two epic goatees. Two epic coaches. Tip of the Spear and The Lunchpail. GRIMES&FOSTER.

Intentional or not, an obscure Firefly reference gets you a turkey leg in my book.


I'm apparently one of about three Hokies on the planet who likes the BC rivalry.

BRAVO to whoever came up with that. Love how they put the pylons on there yet stuck with the classic VT.

agreed. now the jerseys...what will those be? could still be grey I suppose.

They better not pull that 1 hour before kickoff unveiling thing again. Especially if it's ugly. Not sure why they do that anyway. Announce it before hand and build up so hype a few days before.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.


We heard white last week as an EFF YOU to Bama... We're home team but they like wearing white at home, so we decide to wear white. But that might just be a rumor. Who the hell knows. We could be playing in ass-less chaps for all I care, as long as we #BEATBAMA.

Two epic goatees. Two epic coaches. Tip of the Spear and The Lunchpail. GRIMES&FOSTER.

Yeah, that looks nice, but I'm not sure how I feel about the star. Doesn't look quite right.

stick it in, stick it in, stick it in!

I get tired of all the logos, to be honest. Just put the flag and the war memorial sticker back there.

ONLY BY COINCIDENCE lol. I wish the helmet set up there was an indication of the helmet they wore on gameday. Be a lot less stupid looking helmets last year.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.


Still counts. And yes, that'd be awesome. Less stupid helmets = more happy Hokies.

In case anyone was wondering the 22 is for Tony Gregory. All players will have this sticker to honor him for his torn ACL that has ended his career.

Saw that on the uniswag twitter. Not sure how much of it is true though since there was no release about it. We usually have the players number on the back of the helmet so I just thought they pulled out Gregory's helmet for the picture of it.

I'd say it's valid considering gregory won't be dressing and this should be pretty well known to the equipment managers.

As much as you all might not want to see this...

I'd love just a plain chicago maroon jersey with burnt orange numbering. Something really simple, like Michigan's classic jersey.

mich jersey

Chicago maroon pants, of course. Anything that isn't chicago maroon should be burnt orange.

Right, sorry, that's why I gave the warning. But their traditional look is pretty nice. I'm kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place up here in State College, on a Virginia Tech discussion board, complimenting Michigan's uniform style.

But we'd probably have to abandon Nike for Adidas to get this type of look (which I'm all for).

Although, Adidas is doing that stretch mark thing on uni's right now...not a fan of that. And also, I'm not stalking your posts, I am just doing my morning read lol

Wait, so you want us to stick to official school colors?? Makes too much sense, Weaver won't go for it.

Grey...? Maybe. Picture this: Classic helmet which we got conformation on, Gray jersey with Maroon numbers, gray pants with Maroon Nike Swoosh on the pelvis and maroon seam running vertical on the side of the pants with black cleats. Wouldn't look bad IMO. I'm not a fan of different uni's every week and I too prefer the late 90's/early 2000's look.

"Sure, I've been called a xenophobe, but the truth is, I'm not. I honestly just feel that America is the best country and the other countries aren't as good. That used to be called patriotism." Kenny Powers

I think solid maroon with a nice deep grey color...Maroon numbers with orange outline, then have the classic LSU shoulder stripes like we do: orange maroon orange. That would look cool.

Or more simply, solid grey jersey with maroon numbers and an orange outline with a single orange stripe.

I can't say enough how tired I am of the shoulder stripes. Its not VT. Just like you said the LSU stripes. It was nice as a throw back but it's time for them to go. I'm not asking for anything crazy. But in this day and age and the way recruiting is now we will not see the 99 type unis come back. May get something simple but it will be very modernized


I am ok with something new and more modern...I just want it to stick around and become an image instead of changing every 2-4 years.

I did some digging on this grey uniform rumor.

Virginia Tech Football's official Instagram account posted the picture of the helmets two days ago. A kid by the name of Jordan Long was the first to comment on it and asked, "What jerseys are we wearing?" Then, a girl by the name of Hayley Roulston responded with, "I heard they are wearing grey." A kid by the name of Chandler Lollis then responded to her with, "That would be awesome but I haven't heard that." Hayley wrote back to him, "I heard from my brother, he is a trainer with the football team."

How do I know this happened? I saw her comments posted two days ago. I read them a few times. Since then she has deleted her comments, but the responses to her are all still there.

Hayley's brother is indeed a student trainer, and has been one for the past two years. My best guess is that big brother told the family and Hayley (being in high school) didn't know better not to tell anyone.

My honest opinion: Grey uniforms.

Image courtesy of @treadmillhorse

Too much "research" for a jersey color? No such thing.

That is precisely what I envisioned (see comment above).

I think that will look good, but worth all of this anticipation? Meh... Derivative of Hokie Stone? Kind of a reach...

I'd be happy with this solution, but heres hoping for something more exciting.


I like those. I imagined something similar to this, just a little bit lighter.

"Sure, I've been called a xenophobe, but the truth is, I'm not. I honestly just feel that America is the best country and the other countries aren't as good. That used to be called patriotism." Kenny Powers

I like them too. The grey makes the maroon darker and more menacing, the orange pops out and looks better with grey.

And our baseball team, basketball team, and wrestling team all wore grey this year. Nike's not gonna stop there.

Yeah well our baseball team also wore these:


No offense to the throwback Astros style, but I hope we don't see anything like that anywhere near our football team.

True. I liked it for baseball, but I won't like it for football.

God I wish they had sold these... I would rock this at all my kids' functions -if only to irritate the wife.

"...sticks and stones may break my bones but I'm gonna kick you repeatedly in the balls Gardoki!"

They did. Auctioned them right after.

We put the K in Kwality

Based on Joe's twitter comment about them being the tits. I honestly think the grey is happening and i don't think it'll be the standard design. Why break out a new Uni if its just the same old design


Had a pretty reliable source hint at it earlier after I mentioned it. I think it's on.

As a card carrying member of the #ALLMAROONEVERYTHING club, I do have to say, IF they do these correctly, I could buy in. I still think we need to go #ALLMAROONEVERYTHING for this game, but I'll take a non-god awful uni as the #2 option.

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

I am very very much #ALLMAROONEVERYTHING but I like the idea of this grey idea. The basketball uniforms have always looked great in grey


I wish they'd fucking announce it already so I could Frey this both like Futurama.

Take my money, Tech bookstore!


Im going to predict that we will be wearing all maroon.

I think that's why everyone is quiet.

Put your money on it.

Chick Patty w/ Cheese

The Hokie Stone jerseys will be forged with the mythical stone interwoven into the fabric. Light as air, yet harder than tempered steel, the material neither tarnishes nor grows dim. It possesses the ability to absorb the energy of the opposing team and infuse it into Tech players.

Fortune Favors the Bold

Please, my friend, get out of the house once in a while. It's for your own good.

Well that's just generally good advice for everybody.

As for nerdy over-dramatizations even midly relating to Tech football...they're awesome.

It should be announced today, but this popped up on my Twitter as I reviewed things I missed last night. Not sure if it's photoshopped or real. And if it's real, why would we do a photo shoot in them? Regardless, here's a possibility for tomorrow.

grey gayle

Wow. Different. I don't hate them, they aren't too over the top which, as Andy Bitter succinctly puts it:

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There are rumors of VT wearing a grey uniform on Sat. Any info?
No concrete info. I too have heard the rumors. VT likes to do a big unveiling of unis, it seems.

Honestly, I'd keep it simple vs. Alabama. If you wear fancy uniforms and get run off the field, it looks kind of bad.

Great Succes!

I'm apparently one of about three Hokies on the planet who likes the BC rivalry.

looks like 1988....not sure if I'm a fan of these.