Arizona got a new coach for 2012 and now it's getting a new look.
Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne announced during his Wildcat Wednesday email that the Wildcats were adding a copper helmet to their repertoire.
And I gotta say, it's pretty slick.
The copper is definitely unique. In the email to fans, Byrne said the copper was a tribute to the great mining state of Arizona.
"Copper is not only associated with our great state's mining history, but it has influenced architectural design on campus, including our athletic facilities -- most notably the ring at the top of the McKale Center, and the future North End Zone Football Complex.
"As such we embrace the idea that as the University of Arizona we will incorporate copper into a special helmet design to represent our state and University. Copper will not replace our traditional colors of red and blue, and the copper helmet will be worn on a limited basis."
It will be interesting to see which type of uniform combination the Wildcats decide to use with this helmet. The first thought would be all white, though I think the blue uniforms would really make this helmet stand out.
While teams all over the country are making radical changes to their uniforms, I think this subtle change is going to look good on Arizona. Now if it could only bring back the red helmet from 1980.
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Photo courtesy of Tucson Citizen