ICYMI, TCU Football held their big uniform reveal Wednesday morning, releasing a really powerful, really engaging video (narrated by former Frog safety and current Cleveland Brown Derrick Kindred!) that told the story behind the design as well as gave us our first look at the new threads:
The video was met with nothing but positive vibes - a beautiful tour through Rozel, KS, hometown of Gary Patterson, where the philosophy of TCU Football was indeed born. The mantra of “Don’t Back Down”, playing with a chip on your shoulder, overcoming doubts and humble beginnings - all of these are what Patterson’s program was built on. “The saying goes, to whom much is given, much is expected. But what about to whom nothing is given? To those of us born with a chip on our shoulder? Even more.”
With nods to TCU’s past and future, such as the “horns” around the neckline (bringing back the geometric shapes around the neckline from the days when LT roamed the backfields), the horn on the helmet (representative of the ‘horns’ on a horned frog - a creature known for overcoming much larger predators by relying on a strong defense), and - my personal favorite - a neck patch in the shape of a guitar pick (a nod to Patterson’s love of music and his desire to set the tone for his program), each element of each piece was clearly thought out and very intentional. Something you can see if the detailed breakdown released concurrent with the video.
So, with all of these new looks, how did Frog fans react? Well, as one would expect, the results were mixed.
Some absolutely love the philosophy behind the new look:
So Awesome‼️Great Philosophy‼️ ✨— Beth Guyton (@sweetpea_58) January 30, 2019
Others just love them in general:
Black helmet - white shirt - black pants going to be a nice combo— Ivor van Esch (@TheIvor) January 30, 2019
Some prominent alumni weighed in as well:
— Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) January 30, 2019
These new unis have me thinking I still have some eligibility left— Marc Istook (@MarcIstook) January 30, 2019
And even some rivals chimed in:
Alright, these are dope.— Wide Right & Natty Lite (@WideRtNattyLt) January 30, 2019
We're biased, but the Big 12 might have the best overall crop of uniforms in the country. https://t.co/o4ATw6HeEi
A lot of folks picked up on a Black Panther feel to the new duds, something GP told us could be happening (Fort Worth is Panther City, after all):
Seeing a lot of comparisons of the new uniforms to the Oscar-nominated Black Panther. After fall camp and before last season GP mentioned to the media that he enjoyed the movie and hinted it could influence the new uniforms. Nailed it.— PurpleMenace.com (@TCU_Rivals) January 30, 2019
The WAC-era throwback look definitely resonated with folks as well.
I LOVE TCU channeling the LaDainian Tomlinson era uniforms. The collar spikes were iconic of #5's time. The number font looks like a good evolution from then and combination of the recent font. A bit much, maybe, but fits well. pic.twitter.com/B1j67jwt8r— Clint Richardson (@Clintau24) January 30, 2019
These are fantastic. A modern version of the LaDainian Tomlinson-era uniforms at TCU. https://t.co/CinFHdcNtJ— Andrew Lind (@AndrewMLind) January 30, 2019
TCU's new uniforms look like the Black Panther suit and they are awesome. pic.twitter.com/3G8iTcATY0— Austin Pendergist (@apthirteen) January 30, 2019
Those are fantastic! Love the early-2000s inspired Wakanda collars— Josh Davis (@JavisDavis) January 30, 2019
I think those look sharp. Less Black Panther and more like Aztec high priests headed to a temple to sacrifice heathen Bears to the football gods.— San Juan Ramirez (@OldManRamirez) January 30, 2019
The most controversial element seems to be the helmets, going away from the glossy look on the previous iteration, choosing instead to focus on a more matte look, and adding in a two-tone facemask that is pretty unique (save for one other program).
Love these new uniforms for TCU. The pattern around the collar harkens to the frog skin pattern of recent years as well as the spiked collar look of the Tomlinson years. I kinda wish they'd gone with glossy helmets though. https://t.co/G81qhSSPWp— Robert Behrens (@rcb05) January 30, 2019
If you don’t wear these black unis with the black chrome helmets then what are you even doing?— Matt Jennings (@MattAJennings) January 30, 2019
There are many great uniform opportunities with helmets— Gary Patterson (@TCUCoachP) January 30, 2019
I love the Oregon state facemask idea. Love them— nathan_scott7 (@spicytaco77) January 30, 2019
At the end of the day, uniforms about one thing. Though they certainly want fans to scoop up new merch, it’s all about the kids, folks. And they nailed what recruits want.
These are everything I wanted in new TCU uniforms and then some.— Jordan Ray (@JordanLRay) January 30, 2019
And, most importantly, I think recruits are going to love them. https://t.co/CznkqikD5Z
Can’t hate on TCU, they just connected recruits to one of the biggest movies out for some time. It doesn’t matter if you like the uniforms or not it’s a W.— Joe Johnson (@Joe_Gamecock) January 30, 2019
Of course, someone has to rain on every parade, and we heard from a few of those, too:
The new TCU football uniforms are garbage. I know they don’t care what a late 20s white dude thinks but they are bad.— Denver Pradon (@REVNEDRP) January 30, 2019
HATE the two-color face masks ...these just feel gimmicky and football gods don’t let teams win nattys ijn gimmick uniforms...I like @TCUCoachP teams in plain work clothes that’s who we are! Elite programs don’t change their look every few years! That’s my 2 cents & Go Frogs!— Thoughts in my head (@Thoughtsinhead) January 30, 2019
Also, big time props to TCU Equipment and TCU Video for an incredible job on design and reveal. You the real MVP, guys and gals.
The most important thing we can take away from today, though, is this - we can all be happy to say goodbye to the grey camo. Finally.