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Old 06-17-2014, 02:54 PM   #41
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We needed to keep one look long enough (while presumably playing good football) for the fans around the nation to tune into a game and know who's playing at a glance.

When you see the real traditional schools like Bama or Penn State, Southern Cal, and a few others, you get the instant identity. Look at our baseball team. While we wear several combinations, our interlocking SC logo and overall look, coupled with long term success, makes college baseball fans around the nation understand who is playing at little more than a glance.

First things first. Develop a look and start winning and everything else falls into place. Our recruiting has never been better and we are slowly widening our base to get kids out of states we very seldom wasted much time trying.

2001 is a long established tradition, the Cockabooses, "Sandstorm", the "Game Cock" cheer, "Carolina" on the front of the jersey, and so forth. You have to stay with these things or might as well have none of it and be known as wishy-washy fans that fall and copy the newest fad and move on to the next.

I like the white helmet. I like winning. I like our recruiting and our coaches. We are getting the things we use to only dream about, but really had doubts if they would ever happen. Wait until we win the SEC soon and it will get even better. The college football world is finally learning who we are, here and now, and by many accounts, like what they are seeing. Let all that sink in, for them and us, before shaking anything up too much just for the sake of doing it.
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I would say these schools have great traditions and shouldn't change their unis...they are classics.
Yea that's what I was trying to get at but now that I read it again I completely missed my objective lol. My bad
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Old 06-17-2014, 03:19 PM   #43
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IMO we should have a throwback game and wear the Sterling Sharpe era uniforms.. minus the white circle on the helmets:



Please excuse the gloves and cleats, I know they are Nike.
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In general, I want the players to decide what they are wearing, but when it gets as fugly as this, the coach needs to be able to step in and veto:



I like the all-garnet concept. I like our normal uni from last year too.
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I like storm trooper white
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:06 PM   #46
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I think we wore garnet helmets from 1983-1998. So, 16 season in 120 or so seasons Almost every other season we wore white or leather helmets.

You can check it here:
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my dad swears we wore garnet helmets in the mid 60s for a few games. Also during the early 70s seniors wore black helmets in some games while the rest of the team wore white helmets. It was during the Dietzel years
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God, those things were sweet. I know some people don't care what the Gamecocks wear, but I think the garnet helmets were iconic.

Anyways, that's all I have to say about that.



My favorite were the garnet helmets with two white stripes and one black stripe in the very middle, and the white circle with the logo on each side.

I think they were about late 80's-mid 90's or so...



They were freaking beautiful and I miss em






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IMO we should have a throwback game and wear the Sterling Sharpe era uniforms.. minus the white circle on the helmets:



Please excuse the gloves and cleats, I know they are Nike.
every offseason this same topic seems to come up and a few people come up with some designs.This is a really good design though. The striping is good. colors match up. Spot on. Other than the # font which im not paying much attention to anyway. It would be cool to bring back both Carolina and Gamecocks on the jersey. I can imagine that with the helmet being a matte garnet too. Looks really good.
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My favorite were the garnet helmets with two white stripes and one black stripe in the very middle, and the white circle with the logo on each side.

I think they were about late 80's-mid 90's or so...



They were freaking beautiful and I miss em






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I might be in the minority, but I never liked the white circle around the Block C. Something about it just doesn't appeal to me.
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I might be in the minority, but I never liked the white circle around the Block C. Something about it just doesn't appeal to me.

Everyone has their own opinions on what is more stylish. I understand your point. I think the reason I personally like the white circle is because it really makes the black "C" and the garnet trim really pop.

But the black helmet with the C on the side I think did look really nice without the white circle.
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I think black on black with black helmets and garnet lettering would be better than all garnet....

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the answer is obvious, its to give the fans something to talk about
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All garnet was a tradition with the fire ant defense. It gave a little something to a bunch of swarming defensive guys just like fire ants. I don't think you need to change your unis around all the time, but it would be good to have a throw back game to bring back something like the 84' uniforms. The color garnet on our uniforms has changed about 10 times by itself.
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I would like to see how out helmets would look with a little pearl coating instead of just white.
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I was starting to think we would not have a helmet thread this offseason.
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I think the real question is why did we change from white to garnet then back to white?

The white helmets are the original, traditional.

I will say, I wouldn't mind us having a garnet alternate we wear for special games...maybe a Wounded Warrior themed jersey when we play South Alabama or Furman (or whatever game we have our military appreciation ceremony).
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Only thing wrong with our helmet has been the traditional striping. Our most recent uniforms have KIND OF helped smooth the looks of that, but before it was really bad.
The only thing I didn't like about the white helmet is that the uniform striping didn't match. As of last season, that issue has been mostly resolved. It's not perfect, but very good.

I think it would be awesome to have one throwback game where we use Garnet helmets.
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The white helmets are the original, traditional.
Not really....the originals were no helmets, then leather. So take your pick of those colors. Almost certain every team started with white helmets at some point.
Some of you just like white helmets (as do I).

I want 2 sets of throwback unis....Carlen and Morrison. That's all.
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You asked why we switched to white. What people are wearing now is not relevant to what happened in the past.

I don't wish to engage in a pissing contest with you about who has the better football knowledge. So, I will just acknowledge you as the greatest football mind. However, even great minds can learn every now and then.

It is not just the article I linked. That was just the first one in the google search. If you want to research further to confirm it, you are welcome to do so. According to my memory banks, Spurrier has said the white helmets help the QB scan. I know he said something like that after we played UF in the famous black out game with Holtz as coach.

I am not slamming your football knowledge. You are not slamming mine. I was just trying to answer your question.
The intention was not to start a pissing match either (apologies if it came off
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statement, and it's one I disagreed with when he said it back in 2005, and
a few other times since, when someone asks him about the possibility of a
uniform change with Garnet or Black Helmets. ... My reason for the reply
in the first place was simply to go on record as disagreeing with Spurrier's
point. I don't usually get involved in Uniform discussions at all. I really don't
care if we change to Garnet Helmets or Stay with the white ones. I like both.
The Garnet Helmet is a preference, but not to a point of getting upset with the
staff if they decided not to do it. ... It would "sit" better with me if Spurrier
had just said "I like the White Helmets better, and since I'm the Coach of the
program, we're wearing white helmets".
I wouldn't argue with him either way, because it MAY WELL BE that he could
go through his progressions as a QB himself, with the teams he played for
wearing white headgear, BUT .... it gets really confusing when you consider
the fact that his most successful coaching stretch (Florida), was achieved as
soon as he changed the color of the Gator helmets from Orange to Dark Blue !?!?

If he thought White made it easier for his QBs to go through the progressions
and pick up the Receivers, then why not make the change to White Headgear
with the Gators as soon as he took over there ?

I always disagreed with him telling fans here in 2005 when they asked him
about wearing black uniforms and Black helmets, he made the comment that
Black / dark unis were Hot in the early fall, and lighter colored unis were
much better for the team ....... When the Gators always wore Dark Helmets
and Jerseys in Florida ?!?!?
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my dad swears we wore garnet helmets in the mid 60s for a few games. Also during the early 70s seniors wore black helmets in some games while the rest of the team wore white helmets. It was during the Dietzel years
Don't recall the garnet helmets in the 60's but the black helmets in the early 70's I remember well. The black helmets were worn by the seniors in the last home game. We also used to play Dixie when the team ran on the field in the 60's on occasion.

Stadium vendors also sold long plastic horns that made a loud sound enabling kids to literally aggravate the poop out of any poor soul who happened to be sitting in front of them. Just really a terrible, terrible idea.
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