Monday, June 01, 2009

Did EA Just Leak New WSU Uni's?


UPDATED PICS BELOW....

Hmmm. Seems as though EA Sports has launched their new "teambuilder" feature for the upcoming NCAA Football game, NCAA Football 10. You can check it out here (there is a quick registration, but it's painless). A big tip of the hat to the Cougfan forums for finding this.

Why does this matter? Well, basically the feature of teambuilder added to this year's game allows you, the user, to create a team online and then import it and play it in NCAA Football 10. Fair enough. A pretty cool little feature for getting your videogame geek on.

But one of the features is that in creating a team, you can choose EXISTING team uniforms, stadiums, logos, etc, and play them in the game. So, for example, say you wanted to recreate the 1997 WSU Cougar team, complete with stadium, uniforms, logo, etc. You can do that with the game.

One thing though. Because the game lets you choose existing uni's? That means that the new WSU uniform is available as an option to choose from! That's right, the new Nike uni's are on the EA Sports website. Check it out.

Here's a composite look at the three choices for pants:


Helmets:



Jerseys:



Looks like three different helmets, three different sets of pants, and a clean jersey with stripes on the shoulder. Pretty cool.


28 comments:

Chris '04 said...

LOL, it appears they DID indeed leak the uni's. Great find!

On operationsports.com an EA Sports rep confirmed that the new uni's would be in the game, so these are most likely them.

Sedihawk said...

I've been reading that over at OS.com too Chris. That's a great site btw, do you frequent it?

I like the look. I think we were all sort of holding our breath that we wouldn't see anything crazy/ugly/stupid, and I think we got what we were hoping for.

Chris '04 said...

Not really. I stumbled upon it during a "drive-by Internetting" a few weeks back.

I don't know that I'm a huge fan of the new look. I was hoping for different color pants and jerseys.

Sedihawk said...

Looks like from the EA site that there are three different pant combos - crimson, white and grey. So I bet it's a big mix-n-match. I bet we see them wear all sorts of combo's. I like the stripes on the shoulders myself. Nothing too plain-jane, but nothing outlandish either.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the grey logo helmet is gone. Logo only on crimson helmet, then script on crimson and grey.

Lucas said...

At least they didn't give us something whacky. Like the bra/bib that Oregon State had a years ago, or the bear claw on Cal's pants, or the red stripe near the bottom of Zona's unis.

KopravicaHater said...

As long as they keep the logo'ed helmets. Wulff's persistence on a scripted helmet is not going to win him very many friends.

bitchtits said...

I love our logo so why is it barely visible? It wins contests in coolness and is the most identifiable logo we could have so instead we have some cursive writing saying our team name? Hate it. Nobody knows us nationally so we should have that logo plastered everywhere. If sports marketing is all about brand recognition then the wsu logo needs to be front/center. WSU needs to pick up NCAA Sports Marketing for Dummies and buy a clue.

'03CouveCoug said...

Good stuff. It’s a nice, updated look, but not too "modern," if that makes sense.

I always liked the all crimson look of those early 90s teams...it was kind of intimidating. Or, maybe it was just the Palouse Posse that was intimidating. Regardless, all crimson unis with the gray helmet at home will look nice, as will crimson jersey and gray pants. I only wish we had gone "logo" on both home and away helmets (as is mentioned above). IT'S THE BEST LOGO IN SPORTS, FOLKS! For crying out loud, use it.

Additionally, I would do away completely with the white pants. We can use either crimson or gray pants, home or away and still look sharp. Plus, it further alleviates the whole, "white isn't a school color," issue. (I realize that we have to wear a white jersey on the road, as the NCAA mandates that.)

My two cents.

Sedihawk said...

I just updated the post with better pics of the uni's, with close-ups of helmets, jerseys and pants. Might be a better representation of what we'll see in a couple of weeks.

Anonymous said...

ohhhhh, shiny pants. yummy.

LouisianaCoug said...

These uniforms are great! The perfect combo of traditional and trendy.

The fact Wulff is keeping that script around is certainly endearing himself to us traditionalists.

To those of you hating on the script, consider:

1. Its our traditional look- not every team uses their primary logo on their helmet, see Florida Gators

2. The logo is going the wrong way on the left side, its weird

3. Whether or not our logo is on the silver helmet will make absolutely no difference in terms of "marketing". No one in this country will ever give a crap about Wazzu unless they went there.

'03CouveCoug said...

Agree that the new uniforms look great, disagree about the script Cougars helmet, Louisiana Coug.

Our logo is widely renowned as one of the most unique and recognized logo in all of collegiate athletics. When sports fans see the Screaming Cougar, many immediately know its Washington State University. I took a market research class while at Wazzu, and this was one of the subjects. Our logo is considered by several marketers as one of the most identifiable in college athletics. It has way more cachet than a generic script of our mascot’s name.

Additionally, in terms of tradition, WSC(U) was using the logo on the helmet long before the script "Cougars." The Screaming Cougar was used on helmets from 1958 until 1969. It was not until 1972 that the script Cougars appeared on the helmets.

Chris '04 said...

What happened to BH's post about the AD standing him up? Did it get someone's attention?

Sedihawk said...

That is a little weird that it just disappeared. But yeah, it was taken down because it did catch someone's eye. We will update you all accordingly, as soon as we can.

On the logo vs. the script? Louisiana makes a good point, in that a school like Florida can have their name in script on their helmets and that's fine. But they could have their name in times new roman and people are going to know it's Florida, because, it's FLORIDA. We are in another solar system, you know?

I think the idea is that WSU has a GREAT logo (not just good, great), and that logo should be front and center. I know we had a lot of glory years with the script helmets, and I do like it. But I would prefer the logo if I had to choose between the two. But EITHER WAY I'LL LIVE!

KopravicaHater said...

If you subscribe to the blog via RSS (Use Google Reader!), you can still read Brinkhater's post. You can't take back what's already gone out by RSS.

The summary: BH has been emailing 2 individuals in the WSU Foundation office for a month and hasn't heard a reply. Calls it "the campaign that never was."

WSU Foundation: Shame on you. Get your people in line! There's a lot of folks at WSU (some I know well personally) who are out of a job right now because of some unscrupulous budget cuts. How about you show some gratitude that you still have yours by DOING YOUR JOB?

I don't mean to cause strife among Cougs, but come on! Are we "world class face to face" or what? Do you want our money? Come on!

WSU91 said...

For me the script "Cougars" helmet and the logo helmet represent different eras. When I see the script helmet, it reminds me of Apple Cup upsets past, and other great upsets, such as '88 UCLA, '86 USC (although USC did kinda suck that year) and '77 Nebraska (I think they wore the script helmets for that one). It's the signature of the growth years for Cougar football.

When I see the logo helmet, I think of the dominance of the early 2000's, when we became the (then) second Pac-10 team to win 10 games 3 years in a row (but always lost in the Apple Cup).

So to me, both are fine, and I hope they both get used plenty.

Soze said...

I haven't caused a stir in a while, so now is as good a time as any.

First, I personally hate the script helmets for all the earlier said reasons. The WSC Cougar logo actually won a contest a few years back as the best logo in college (I wish I could find the link). That logo is one of the most recognizable logos in the nation... reasonable sports marketing says to show it off as often as possible but I'll get into "reasonable thinking" in my next paragraph. I'm cool with rocking the script helmets every once in a while (like the Notre Dame greens), but I don't want it to become part of our regular uni's.

And secondly... sort of going back to getting kicked out of the Pac-10... Washington State University is a clearly a small-time institution. Their lack of motivation to collect money from willing donors is flat-out ridiculous. This reminds me of the 2003 Rose Bowl ticket fiasco when they withheld tickets from students, instead offering tickets to the highest donating alums via their "points system." Thousands of students ran to Oklahoma and purchased tickets through their website (including my entire fraternity and most of my friends), and then WSU ended up eating a bunch of tickets because most of the "Rose Bowl hoopla" was over from the 1997 game.

That was "small time" back then, not returning calls from BH attempting to set up a donation system is "small time" now and I'm beginning to think we belong in a "small time" conference until we get some rational people in Boehler that understand Washington State University and how to promote our brand, drive revenue/donations, etc. Get a clue.

WSU91 said...

Soze, I just want to know who is in your tag picture...

But I think you raise some good points about the Athletic Department. Having worked for a big international company in the past, I know first hand how bureaucracy can quickly become the antithesis of good ideas.

Soze said...

The picture is of english comedian Ken Dodd. I'm not really a fan; just think the picture is funny.

'03CouveCoug said...

Nice rant, Soze! I applaud your righteous indignation. Let's not get carried away, though. For all we know, because of all the recent turmoil, it could very well be that many people in the department are simply swamped with other things right now. I say we give them the benefit of the doubt before we start calling ourselves a small-time institution that belongs in a small-time conference. I appreciate where you're coming from, but I also think that demoting ourselves from the Pac-10 is hardly the answer.

The 2003 Rose Bowl ticket fiasco was an overreaction to the 1998 demand. Long time donors got frozen out of tickets because the tickets were first-come, first-served. I’m not really sure what the Athletic Dept. could have done differently…I mean, are you really going to risk pissing off your best donors again?

I know, I know, you're saying that for effect to give the Athletic Foundation a swift kick in the rear. However, I can't imagine how difficult it must be to run a department that is constantly inundated with compliance regulations, is doing more with less (which likely means a few people wearing several hats, so to speak), and is facing job cuts on top of it all. Let’s hope that BH gets this all straightened out soon.

Soze said...

My rant was definitely a reach... but I was more or less venting. I'm so tired of the athletic department fumbling everything they can. We all can at least agree on that.

Soze said...

...and by no means do I want the Cougs to leave the Pac-10. I was just saying that if it walks like a duck (coug), talks like a duck (coug), it must be a duck (coug). If we want to be in a big-time conference, its time to start acting like a big-time school.

Sedihawk said...

It is a crazy time for the athletic dept. We can give them that. They did just delay budget cuts, which is good, but sure, they are swamped.

But isn't everyone feeling it these days? On our behalf, just know that BH has tried this last month to get it off the ground, and it's run into a brick wall.

Also know that, while BH would never share this with you, he is one of the BUSIEST guys on the planet right now. Yes, busier than our own Hooty McBoob, who chooses to work 20-hour days on top of coaching football, baseball, run cub scouts and basically sit on every board you can imagine....Ok, maybe not as busy as Hooty, but believe me when I say BH is working all hours of the day and night putting together the rest of his career in a way only a PHD could do. Yet he found the time to do something about this. All that post was about today was to communicate with you all on the progress, or lack thereof, and therefore we were going to take a knee on the whole thing. Hopefully it all works out.

'03CouveCoug said...

Understood, Soze. And I share your frustration with the Athletic Department, if in fact they're simply ignoring BH's efforts because it is a hassle. And I knew that your vent was tongue-in-cheek.

Hope everything gets up and running soon for donations on this site and also that Hooty's and BH's lives calm down a bit in the future!

Soze said...
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CougarMVP said...

I can't wait to see the real uniforms but these have my so excited for sure. GO COUGS!

MapleLeaf said...

Not bad awful uniforms but why do the pants look like we're wearing Latex? Do we really need glossy pants?