Wildcats ready to shed the blue helmets for Holiday Bowlby Anthony Gimino on Dec. 21, 2009, under Sports
The rumor going around is that Arizona is going to wear white helmets, not blue, for its Holiday Bowl matchup against Nebraska on Dec. 30.
UA senior defensive lineman Donald Horton was talking with reporters after Monday’s practice, when KVOA-TV’s Ryan Recker slid in a question about what Horton knew about possible uniform changes.
“What are you trying to do, man?” Horton said with a laugh, reacting very much like someone who did not want to let the cat out of the bag. Horton then somewhat answered by saying he knew “nothing about the uniforms.”
OK, the helmets. What have you heard?
“All kinds of stuff. Red helmets, white helmets, all kinds of stuff,” Horton said.
He laughed again.
“What are you trying to do, man?”
The rumor does has some legs. Wendell Neal, the associate athletic director for equipment operations, joked with a trio of reporters late in the practice that he was up all night painting helmets. (The UA’s helmets, even the blue ones and the would-be white ones, are painted.)
Despite everyone being sworn to secrecy, you can bet Arizona is going to break out the white helmets.
Arizona has experimented with its uniform combinations in recent seasons, including red pants and all-red uniforms last season. The Wildcats have worn blue helmets since Mike Stoops arrived for the 2004 season. Before that, Arizona wore some version of a white helmet dating to 1981.
The Wildcats have worn red helmets before, the last time being in 1980.
The Wildcats are the visiting team for the Holiday Bowl, so they will be wearing white jerseys, with blue numbers and red trim. And apparently red socks. You can see pictures at Neal’s equipment blog.
Arizona could wear red pants, blue pants or white pants. White on white on white?
Ready to go
The Wildcats will have a walk-through kind of practice Tuesday and then leave for San Diego on Wednesday. The team is scheduled to attend the Poinsettia Bowl, between Cal and Utah, on Wednesday night.
“We’re excited to leave, and I thought we had a great five days (of practice) here.” Stoops said.
“I think our players really worked really hard and we’re in great shape physically and mentally. We’ll give them a couple of days to rest up. We’ve gone after it pretty good here at the end of finals.”