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July 26, 2012They may not be due for a complete overhaul. They probably won't be gaudy or radical or feature anything that could be described as "carbon-dipped." But while the Nittany Lions' uniforms surely won't look anything like their anything-goes Oregon counterparts this coming season, it's possible that they will be changing in some way.
"I keep hearing everybody say that," senior defensive tackle Jordan Hill said. "I have no idea, but that's what everybody seems to be saying."
Penn State's plain blue-and-white uniforms might have seemed untouchable a few months ago, as they have been viewed by generations of fans as emblematic of the "Penn State way." But in the aftermath of the Freeh report and the NCAA's denunciation of the university's previous football culture, the Nittany Lions may not be so reluctant anymore to break with tradition.
Coach Bill O'Brien said when he was hired in January that he had no plans to change the uniforms, but on Thursday he reversed course, saying he "reserved the right to change my mind."
Junior guard John Urschel was coy on Thursday when asked about the uniforms, specifically about he possibility that names will appear on the back, a common design touch that Penn State has always eschewed. Urschel said any conversations about the uniforms were between O'Brien and the team. If there's going to be a big reveal, he said, it probably won't be until the opener.
"Things are still in the process and we aren't sure what the outcome is going to be," Urschel said. "I suggest you guys watch on Sept. 1."
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