Fans give mixed reaction to new WKU football uniforms

The new WKU football uniforms for the upcomming season, as unveiled in Greenwood Mall.

Elliott Pratt

It was just two years ago when WKU revealed new uniforms with a traditional red and white scheme.

Thursday night, new football coach Bobby Petrino unveiled a new design to signify a new era in WKU football.

The new look received mixed reactions from fans in attendance and from those on social media.

Barry Dye, a 1975 WKU graduate, was at the Big Red Rally and Reveal and said he like the old uniforms better, but didn’t care as long as the team won games.

“I like the traditional,” Dye said. “I’m a WKU grad so I’m a traditionalist, but to each his own. I know each coach has their own style but I liked the old uniforms. If they play good football I don’t care what they wear.”

Truman Burdon from Owensboro said he likes to start new traditions and that the uniforms look sharp.

“I think it’s good,” Burdon said. “You see a lot of teams like Oregon with the slick uniforms so I think these are good for what I think will be the best year for WKU football in a long time.”

The chance to see the new uniforms and meet coach Petrino, his staff, and players, meant much more to some people like Sean Cooley. The former Hilltopper, who was a part of former coach Jack Harbaugh’s first team in 1989, drove over 130 miles from Shelbyville to get an autograph and meet coach Petrino.

Cooley said he loved the new look for the football team.

“I love it. I spent my career as a I-AA player just knowing that this place could handle being a I-A school, and now here we are,” Cooley said. “I am so excited, I get cold chills even thinking about it. The talent is out of this world for what we’ve had in the past. I’m loving it.”