Never one for subtlety, Oregon adds black uniforms

Updated: June 21, 2006, 3:43 PM ET
Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon Ducks, known for their neon yellow football uniforms, have added a more subtle color to their wardrobe: black.

While the Ducks debuted the new uniforms during last year's Civil War rout of Oregon State, the university officially made black a part of the team's uniforms for next season -- joining white, dark green and bright yellow.

Oregon will also expand its options in headgear, adding an all-white helmet to the green version the team has worn since 1999. A yellow helmet is in development, the school said.

Other changes in the uniforms include the word "Oregon" emblazoned down the left leg, and diamond-patterned reinforcement of the shoulders and knees. The fabric is also lighter.

Nike designers worked with a committee of current and former players for the past two years to design the uniforms.

"I think it's a good marketing tool," tight end Dante Rosario, one of the players who worked on the uniforms, told The Register-Guard. "Recruits see how this program treats its players, how they market them, how they show them off to the public.

"It's exciting to them. There aren't a lot of teams that market players the way Oregon does."

It is the fourth significant change in uniforms for the Ducks since Nike designed the game-day apparel for Oregon in the 1996 Cotton Bowl. The first major redesign took place in time for the 1999 season, followed by a revision in 2003, the school said.

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