BU fans urged to wear green, but players will be dressed in black
Baylor fans are being urged to wear green as the Bears host TCU Saturday afternoon, but Baylor players will be dressed in black, and some of them are saying it’s a nod to their embattled former head coach Art Briles.
Briles was fired in May after the Pepper Hamilton law firm delivered a scathing report to Baylor regents about the findings of its review of the school’s handling of sexual assault reports.
Baylor Athletics announced in June that the Baylor-TCU game would be a “green-out,” but players voted this week to wear black.
The players, led by seniors, have a longstanding tradition of choosing the uniform combination for each game.
Baylor wide receiver Chris Platt tweeted “this black out means more than just the uniforms to us. #truthdontlie "– a hashtag often used by Briles and a hashtag used earlier this year when coaches simultaneously tweeted a KWTX story in which interim coach Jim Grobe contradicted claims in a Baylor press release regarding the football program.
Baylor running back Terrance Williams tweeted “Ima have #CAB all over me Saturday. Wbu BU?”
Baylor Quarterback Seth Russell simply posted a photo of a black box.
A T-shirt business in Lufkin is advertising that it will sell black #CAB T-shirts at the George’s tent at the stadium on Saturday.
Hurley's Graphics & Boss Hawg Designs LLC told KWTX more than 500 shirts have been pre-sold.
Fans are also sounding off online about the non-official fan and team led blackout.
Tweets range from everything from “what do we wear? I’m confused now.” To others suggesting fans should stick with traditional colors because “black isn’t a school color.”
Another Baylor fan urged fans to wear black to “protest those within Baylor that have ruined the credibility and reputation of our school!”
A twitter account suggesting to follow athletic info for Baylor has changed its headline to “Blackout the BOR,” which is shorthand for the school’s Board of Regents.
A popular Baylor fans website, “Our Daily Bears,” wrote about the color confusion, saying “Anyway, the team will be wearing black. Fans are still supposed to wear green (I guess?). We’ll see.”