PHOTO: Arizona Wildcats to debut copper helmets in 2012

There are likely going to be several changes to the way the Arizona Wildcats look on the field under first-year coach Rich Rodriguez. In addition to new philosophies and schemes, the Wildcats have announced a new copper helmet to add to their traditional uniform design.

"Copper is not only associated with our great state's mining history, but it has influenced architectural design on campus, including our athletic facilities -- most notably the ring at the top of the McKale Center, and the future North End Zone Football Complex," athletic director Greg Byrne wrote in an email to fans and ticket holders.

"As such we embrace the idea that as the University of Arizona we will incorporate copper into a special helmet design to represent our state and University. Copper will not replace our traditional colors of red and blue, and the copper helmet will be worn on a limited basis."

The reaction from players seems to be positive, and I doubt fans would disapprove of small aesthetic alterations when football's biggest change -- the head coach -- has already been made. The Wildcats wore a white helmet from 1981-2003, switching to a blue helmet in the 2004 season. Like many FBS teams today, the Wildcats are looking to draw some eyes with several alternate uniform combinations.

What do you think of the helmets? Love them? Hate them? Let us know in the comment section below.

Image credit: Arizona Athletics via The Tuscon Citizen

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