Clothes Call: Buckeye Leaves on Ohio State jersey?



Buckeye Leaves have adorned the Ohio State football helmet for four-plus decades. The Buckeye Room (@BuckeyeRoom), a retail store that specializes in Ohio State memorabilia, recently tweeted pictures of Ohio State jerseys that feature the familiar logo on the back of the collar.

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The photos show seven leaves, the same number of national titles the program claims (1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002). Pretty cool, right? Nike and the school also have released shirts and hats that include the seven Buckeye Leaves.

Question is: Will Ohio State’s 2013 jerseys feature these leaves (gray on home jersey; scarlet on road jersey)?

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“We have not issued any media updates regarding uniforms,” an Ohio State football spokesperson said via email.

For what it’s worth, Mark McClure, of The Buckeye Room, said the jerseys are officially licensed from Nike and will be worn this season.

If this happens, it would be a terrific idea. Not only is it a creative way to honor the decorated program’s rich history, it’s a simple addition that doesn’t mess with Ohio State’s uniform.

Here’s a closer look at the Buckeye leaves:



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Al Pittman on 7/8/2013 @ 4:10pm EDT Said:

Am I suppose to care?

Doug MacKay on 7/8/2013 @ 8:16pm EDT Said:

You cared enough to comment so you must care a little bit.

LarryB on 7/8/2013 @ 8:17pm EDT Said:

Bring back the Gray sleeves. They had been around since 1947 or so. They look so much better with the traditional gray sleeve stripes.

Rick OHarra on 7/8/2013 @ 9:21pm EDT Said:

only if you leave a comment,,,, Go Bucks !!

Brownie on 7/8/2013 @ 9:57pm EDT Said:

Great idea, think it will look great. Hope there is room for the eighth one next year!!!!!!

Jonathan on 7/9/2013 @ 2:28am EDT Said:

It might just be a ‘fashion’ model that you sometimes see at Buckeye Corner, Conrads or Long’s/B&N Bookstore. They’re sometimes black jerseys with scarlet numbers or gray jerseys with scarlet numbers.

The one rumor I hope doesn’t happen is Ohio State caving into Nike and going with the rumored multiple jersey set. Meaning it’s still Scarlet at home and White on the road, but different variations (a set of jerseys like Oregon).

Dennis on 7/10/2013 @ 12:04am EDT Said:

If Ohio State has multiple jersey combinations, they would then just be another school. Ohio State needs to stay with what they have because it’s tradition. Decades of tradition would be undone just because Nike wants to make money and destroy the culture of the school. The alternate jerseys and helmets have sucked the last couple of years. Nothing like the bright, silver helmets and scarlet jerseys with gray pants. Gonna be sad when all that goes, due to the wishes of Nike.

shel on 7/10/2013 @ 9:38am EDT Said:

I agree with Larry B…bring back the grey on the sleeves of the red jersey

Matt on 7/25/2013 @ 1:13pm EDT Said:

Seven is also the number of heisman trophies that Ohio State players have received.

Bob on 8/3/2013 @ 7:10pm EDT Said:

They need a menacing black jersey of some sort! GO BUCKS!

Ty Waite on 9/8/2013 @ 1:12pm EDT Said:

I like the jerseys with the new additions.. I also agree though that we should stick to tradition and not use 20 different sets of jerseys. However I live the alternate jerseys over the last 4 years… Looking forward to this year’s alt. jerseys vs. ttun!!