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New Year, New Look: USF Reveals New Helmets

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The University of South Florida Bulls unveil new helmet designs for the 2014 season. Photo by USF coach Stu Holt (Twitter: @coachstuholt).
The University of South Florida Bulls unveil new helmet designs for the 2014 season. Photo by USF coach Stu Holt (Twitter: @coachstuholt).

USF was dreadful in Willie Taggart’s inaugural campaign. Shifting from Skip Holtz and Todd Fitch’s spread to Taggart’s Harbaugh-inspired offense was disastrous. The offense averaged a putrid 13.8 points per game and started an unfathomable four quarterbacks during the course of the season. The defense showed improvement late in the season after allowing 53 points to Southland Conference runner-up McNeese State and 49 to the Miami Hurricanes in September.

However, another year with Taggart at the helm and a multitude of breakout candidates on both sides of the ball, the Bulls strive to return to the winning ways of the previous decade.

Part of the reclamation project is crafting a new material identity. In January, the university unveiled two new helmet designs to accompany the standard white or gold-based lids featuring the Bulls’ green-horned U on the side.

The most likely candidate to see game action is the glamourized version of the primary helmets. The helmet’s designers took the standard model, amplified the gold base and left the logo unmolested. It’s a slight tweak that puts a new spin on an old look.

The second design is the byproduct of the matte paint craze sweeping the nation with a twist on the Bulls’ logo. Replacing the standard logo is an oversized chrome Bulls’ horn. The clash of subtle body and garish decoration is a spectacular look, a much-needed revamping of an aged species.

Whether either design is incorporated this season remains to be seen. The designs were revealed five days before signing day and could be construed as a last-ditch ploy to lure any undecided recruits. However, USF would be wise to shed the dull domes of yesteryear for the glitz and glamour of now.