So called “hokie stone” helmets will soon be on display on the noggins of Virginia Tech footballers. A new helmet design for Virginia Tech football players supposedly pays tribute to hokie stone limestone that is mined near the college's Blacksburg campus. Not everyone is too thrilled with the design however, reports WebProNews on Sept. 24.
Virginia Tech will wear the new helmets Thursday night in their game against Georgia Tech. The helmets reflect a design similar to the construction on many of the buildings at the campus.
Head coach Frank Beamer weighed in to support the new look.
“When you look at this helmet, it’s not flashy, but it means a tremendous amount to this university,” Beamer said. “The outside world may have to do a double-take, but the Hokie Nation will know exactly what it is: Hokie Stone. And it’s something we’re proud of. The reason I like it, is because it represents what this program and this University are built on.”
That’s the problem though. A team’s sports attire shouldn’t be so obtuse that it requires explanation. Many putting their comments on social media agree, calling the new helmets “hideous.”
Virginia Tech’s website says the following about their beloved hokie stone. From the university’s website:
“Facilities Services has operated a university owned quarry since 1869. The ashlar patterned stone facades (Hokie Stone) used on campus buildings are constructed of native limestone quarried and surfaced by Facilities Services personnel. Virginia Tech’s local quarry produces 25 to 50 tons of stone each week to support the supply for new buildings on campus.”
There would seem to be better ways to honor the University other than a helmet that looks like a garden walkway, but what are your thoughts? Like it or hate it? Leave your comments below.