Joe Ovies

'Pack in Black' with new alternate helmets

Posted May 20, 2014

NC State's new alternate helmet.

N.C. State unveiled an alternate helmet featuring a black carbon-fiber pattern blending into red wolf eyes on the back. Dubbed "Pack in Black," second-year head coach Dave Doeren had his program trending within college football circles.

Since the helmet's reveal on Sunday, the reaction has been a mix of enthusiasm and derision typically associated with these stunts. Wolfpack fans who like the black lids are happy to see N.C. State embracing how a modern college programs is run in 2014, while other fans who side on traditionalism aren't all that enthused.

Meanwhile, rival fans are having fun mocking the look. Which is what rivals fans are supposed to do in these situations. For example, an East Carolina-centric radio station wasted little time poking the bear after N.C. State showed off the new helmets.

Did you also know East Carolina walked on the moon before Neil Armstrong and was actually the first to type "FIRST!" in an Internet comment section? The more you know.

Regardless of what everyone else thinks, it really doesn't matter. Alternate helmets and uniforms are not intended for fans and media. They're for the players who will actually wear the new kits and to attract attention from recruits. Don't believe me? Just watch the official unveiling video from N.C. State.

If former N.C. State head coach Chuck Amato ever sees that video, he'd probably ask "where have I seen a Wolfpack head coach rocking cowboy boots and making a loud entrance on a Harley before, you people?"

And because N.C. State has opened the door on alternate helmets and uniforms, here are a couple suggestions for their next design.


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  • Doc Holliday May 25, 2014

    I don't see the 'Bamas, LSUs, and other top programs (title contenders) doing this. The programs that matter nationally don't need to come up with 5 or 6 color schemes to be relevant.

  • vt94hokies May 24, 2014

    Nice looking.

  • Doc Holliday May 21, 2014

    View quoted thread

    +1000....lip service never won the first game, never bothered me at all as a player. Thought it was kind of stupid and never had any respect for players who did that.

  • Doc Holliday May 21, 2014

    View quoted thread hit that one out of the park.

  • Doc Holliday May 21, 2014

    View quoted thread

    Good luck with that. People are confused these days about school colors.

  • Objective Scientist May 20, 2014

    I will add to my last comment... and stop trying to intimidate by all the dam "trash-talking". That would intimate me no more than a "black uniform" would - absolutely NONE! Trash-talking is NOT intimidating and it detracts from the game!

  • Objective Scientist May 20, 2014

    View quoted thread

    Hey... with all the fascination with wearing black, or predominately black, uniforms by so many... even when black is not even close to being one of the school's colors, will we have an instance of both teams running onto the field with so much black that it will be difficult to distinguish one team from the other? I don't get it! No problem with a small amount of black being used as a "accenting" feature of the uniform and equipment... but predominantly black uniforms in the absence of black being one of the school colors? Seems I recall reading/hearing that some think a black uniform to be "intimidating"? My advice to athletes... intimidate your opponents via great play and effort - in a "clean" and sportsmanlike fashion! That is far more intimidating than ANY uniform you may put on!

  • David Kirkman May 20, 2014
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    Last year State swiped ECU's mid-field logo. This year they steal Davidson's team colors, red and black. Will it be the Guilford College mascot next year? Swofford needs to conduct an impartial inquiry and get to the bottom of all this.

  • 426X3 May 20, 2014

    I like the helmet. Hopefully it will motivate the pack to play better.

  • Objective Scientist May 20, 2014

    I just watched the video clip of the NCSU coach - motorcycle and all - bringing the new helmet to the players and their reaction to seeing it. Frankly, I find it "interesting" why players react that way to one part of their equipment-uniform. Sure... I'd be pleased to have a new - if I thought it attractive AND functional - helmet, but would I act as if it were the greatest thing since... fill in whatever you want. As a player, I was always far more focused on what I did while wearing the helmet or uniform than how it looked on me! And... spending on multiple "looks" with different helmets and uniforms is "out of control"! A "home" uniform and a "road" uniform is "good enough" - and with ONE helmet.





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