Utah State football: Aggies may have a new conference to go with a new brand for athletics

USU may also have a new conference to go with all the changes

Published: Saturday, April 28 2012 9:00 p.m. MDT

LOGAN — There was excitement all over the Utah State campus on Saturday afternoon as the Aggies unveiled a new brand and identity, complete with new logos and uniforms, played their spring football game and even hinted at the possibility of changing conferences in the next few weeks.

The spring game saw the offense beat the defense 58-57 in a modified scoring game in front of approximately 5,000 fans.

"On any good team offense and defense have to go back and forth," said linebacker Zach Vigil. "Today I think we did that, although I think the defense should have still won."

The Aggies had some issues on the field. Regular center Tyler Larsen sat out most of the scrimmage and the offense struggled with snaps and special teams didn't punt or kick the ball well, but overall the team showed promise that they might build upon last year's bowl appearance. Wide receiver Chuck Jacobs made several great catches and both quarterbacks Adam Kennedy and Chuckie Keeton threw the ball well and remain neck and neck for the starting job going into fall.

"Unbelievable day for the Aggies," head coach Gary Andersen said. "New uniforms, new logo, 400 people here for our junior day, come out and have a good spring game with an unbelievably tremendous crowd and then you have three kids get drafted. It was a pretty good day to be an Aggie if you ask me."

The new logo and uniforms are part of a 15-month long collaboration with Nike to re-brand Utah State. Nike President Charlie Denson, a Utah State alumnus, worked with Athletic Director Scott Barnes on the project which includes a new color palette, primary logo, custom font, wordmark and a new aggressive bull logo.

All sports will now have three color choices to choose from, adding pewter gray to the standard navy blue and white fans have grown accustomed to.

Football will have both blue and white helmets to go with their new Nike pro combat uniforms, allowing them to mix and match looks. The new gray color was especially popular with the athletes following the press conference.

"It will be fun for the kids to be able to decide what they want to wear," said Andersen. "It's great to be a pro combat team. It really does matter. It matters in recruiting and at the end of the day it's all about recruiting."

Along with getting new logos and uniforms, Utah State will also replace the flooring in the Spectrum and the field at Romney Stadium. While discussing the new court at the Spectrum during the press conference, Barnes motioned to the WAC logo and mentioned he hoped to do something about that, referring to the long rumored possibility of Utah State joining the Mountain West Conference. This set off a firestorm of rumors throughout the crowd at the spring game and on the Internet that the Aggies would soon be switching conferences.

Following the spring game Barnes clarified his comments.

"I want to reiterate. Any decision, whatever decision is made by the Mountain West, is not months away, it is weeks away. There seemed to be some suggestions that we are already in. I want to clarify that the decision isn't months away its weeks away or sooner. We like the progress being made, but no decisions have been made."

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