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SBD/August 30, 2012/College Football Preview
Georgia Tech, Russell Athletic Design New Helmets; Uniforms Update Could Follow
Published August 30, 2012
SOUTHERN STYLE: SEC football coaches in a Q&A with ESPN.com addressed uniform designs, and Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said, “It's extremely important to recruiting. We look at it as a chance to create energy, not just in recruiting, but for your current players. It doesn't seem like that big of a deal, but you'd be surprised to see the look on players' faces even when there's a change in the middle of the season.” Vanderbilt coach James Franklin: “I think they definitely affect recruiting. It's exciting. It's another way to brand your university and brand your team. The old saying -- look good, feel good, feel good, play good -- that's a part of it.” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said, “I think kids nowadays do like a little bit of dazzle, but I think the tradition of the uniform has to sort of keep its place. Some of those last year were a little overboard. But if that's what the players wanted to wear, and they play well in those uniforms, then that's OK.” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen: “It shows you’re not afraid to think outside the box, or try something new or be creative” (ESPN.com, 8/28).