There are big changes coming for the Old Dominion football team in 2013. First and foremost, the Monarchs will be making the jump from the FCS to the FBS and will be playing in Conference USA next year.
Of course, they want to be looking good for their close-up with the big boys. Thus, the team is experimenting with some new looks, including a potentially new helmet design.
According to Harry Minium of HamptonRoads.com, Tommy Rapier, ODU’s assistant athletic director for equipment and facilities has been experimenting with a new helmet design as the team gears up for its first spring practices as a big-time program. The former helmets simply had the ‘ODU’ lettering on each side, with a crown on top of them.
This one is actually far more clever than a simple ODU lion. It features the lion formed into the shape of the state of Virginia, ODU’s home state.
It’s a pretty cool concept, but it is going to have some real competition in just the program’s second week of its FBS life.
The Monarchs take on Maryland in Week 2, and while the Terps have struggled a bit on the field, they have not been shy about breaking out some of the most intense (read: Crazy-funky) uniform combinations in the country.
Old Dominion’s Week 1 game is going to be against East Carolina, who left Conference USA in favor of the new Big East/Conference TBA.
It remains to be seen whether or not these are their helmets designs, but they would be pretty slick.