"He pretty much designed it," Dan Nehlen said. "That was back in 1980, replacing the state outline. Somebody else did some drawings and he just pointed to it. I told him he made one big mistake and didn't patent it. Had he done that, I wouldn't be working today."
The younger Nehlen said recruiting plays a big part in uniform design.
"It's amazing to me what a big deal it is in regard to recruiting," he said. "And not only the jerseys, but the gloves, the socks, the combinations. Dana wanted to do something different."
In that regard, WVU will wear white helmets for the first time since 1979 and gold helmets for the first time since 1978. The helmets of the Bobby Bowden and Frank Cignetti eras, however, featured a gold that was more a mustard or old gold finish, rather than the current bright gold. All helmets will have a matte, rather than a glossy, finish and feature the "flying WV." The traditional blue helmet remains in play. According to WVU football sports information director Mike Montoro, there will be no gray helmets.
Clendenin said replica jerseys at his store would fetch $90, while limited jerseys with sewn on (rather than screen-printed) numbers would go for the retail price of $120.
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