A Big Ten team will be wearing some new helmets and uniforms during the 2018 season. They're bold.
Minnesota, which is entering Year 2 of the P.J. Fleck era, unveiled today their new lids for the upcoming season. They feature an addition to the normal helmets and a completely new one.
The changes come as part of a revamping of Minnesota's uniforms. Everything has changed or has been tweaked.
The standard helmets will now feature an oar in the center. That seems to pay tribute to Fleck's "Row the Boat" mantra.
Check them out:
Minnesota says the new look connects the program's "past, present, and future." Here's the Golden Gophers on the new look:
Minnesota will have more than 100 possible uniform combinations next season, but will stay true to tradition. The Gophers introduced three new jerseys (Maroon, White and Anthracite), three helmets (Maroon, White and Gold) and four pairs of pants (Maroon, White, Gold and Anthracite) to choose from next season in addition to an ever-changing array of shoes, socks, facemasks and other accoutrements.
Minnesota's new Gold helmet and pants honors the past as it is a deeper shade of Gold - a Dart Gold - that resembles what the Gophers previously wore and is a shade that fans have longed to see again. The Gold helmet is also chrome, which again follows the theme of embracing the past to create the future. Minnesota's Anthracite jerseys are also adorned with Dart Gold trim.
A unique pattern of an oar, boat and compass are emblazoned on the jersey numbers and collar to represent the program's Row The Boat culture. An oar also makes up the center stripe on the helmet and a compass with the player's number inside of it is displayed on the back above the school's traditional Ski-U-Mah cheer.
The full new look can be seen below: