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Tulsa turns back the clock for this week’s helmet design

Graham Watson
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Retro is in this season, as several teams have gone to the effort of reinventing their current uniforms to approximate — or least vaguely "honor" — the looks of yesteryear.

This weekend, Tulsa gets in on the act by jumping in the way-back machine and pulling out a helmet that is reminiscent of the design the team wore in the 1940s. The helmets will be gold with a red "T" in the middle of the forehead. The team also will wear red throwback jerseys, a tribute to the 1950s, for its game against Marshall.

While this design isn't nearly as ostentatious as the blue carbon fiber design the Golden Hurricane wore against Rice a couple weeks ago, at least it remains essentially true to history, unlike some other "retro" designs we've seen this year. Luckily for the current Tulsa team, today's helmets have a little more padding than the glorified coconut husks of the postwar era. Oh, and a facemask.

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