Oregon leaves cooling vests at home

Updated: August 30, 2003, 8:59 PM ET

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Oregon ended up leaving its high-tech cooling vests at home.

The Ducks were given experimental, lightweight vests to wear under their uniforms by Oregon-based Nike. Nike CEO Phil Knight is an Oregon alum and contributor to the athletic program.

The vest hooks into a compressor and blows cool air on the player wearing it. Oregon was contemplating using the vests for its opener Saturday night at Mississippi State.

Bulldogs coach Jackie Sherrill wasn't thrilled that Nike didn't offer the vests to Mississippi State until he asked the sporting goods giant about them. Nike agreed to ship Mississippi State the vests, but Sherrill said they wouldn't get to Starkville in time for his team to get used to wearing them.

As it turns out, it was a moot issue.

Oregon was not allowed to bring a sideline generator into Scott Field, so there was no way to power the compressor.

With the game kicking off at 8 p.m. CDT, heat wasn't much of an issue, anyway.

Temperatures were expected to be in the 70s during the game with about 70 percent humidity.

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