University of Arizona Adding Copper Helmets?

Per, and UA’s athletic director, Arizona will be rocking copper domes “on a limited basis” next year. Here’s a poorly-done photoshop job from someone:

I’m not crazy about the look personally, but it could open the door up for some special uniforms— which unlike some purists, I enjoy.

AD Greg Byrne, in an email to fans and ticket holders:

“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. 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.”

Makes you wonder, is this cause for a special uniform vs. ASU? It has been a pretty big game the last few years with the attention AZ has been getting in college football, I bet Nike would love to put their stamp on this matchup.

UPDATE: University of Arizona broke these suckers out this weekend versus Oregon State. Not as bad as I thought they would be.