Catching up with Jeff Barlow

BearsIllustrated caught up with Director of Equipment Services, Jeff Barlow, for an exclusive Q&A. Jeff answers questions from our members on all things Baylor Athletics Equipment.

BearsIllustrated caught up with Director of Equipment Services, Jeff Barlow, for an exclusive Q&A. Jeff answers questions from our members on all things Baylor Athletics Equipment.

--- How much input do players or coaches have in uniform design/choices?

As far as the design, Baylor and Nike work together to come up with a design unique to Baylor. As far as the choice goes each week, it's decided the week leading into that game. Coach has a group of seniors that select each week.

--- How long is the process of redoing uniforms, from the initial thoughts all the way to production?

12-18 months

--- Do coaches get input in terms of the licensed items they wear on the sidelines (hats, polo's, jackets, etc)?

Not really. We have to wear certain polos for certain times of the season. Other than that the coaches have a variety of hats and jackets to pick from. All of which are licensed retail items.

--- How has the Nike Tier 1 status changed your job?

Tier 1 has actually had little affect on my job. Only thing that's changed is order deadlines and having a larger selection of retail items to choose from.

--- Who originates the ideas - Baylor or Nike?

All uniform and apparel ideas and designs are originated by Nike. Baylor has final say on any changes within the design. Uniforms are slightly different as they get input from Baylor before any designs are put to paper.

--- Will there be new helmet(s) this year?

Never say never

--- What is the one question about uniforms you are asked the most by fans and the most by players?

Fans ask the most about the chrome gold helmet. How do we maintain it? Is it real gold? How much does it cost? Things like that. Players do not really ask anything other than what different combos we can wear.

--- In your experience, is it easier or more difficult to have each sport on its own uniform/equipment contract, or have a university wide one?

Just depends on the situation. You see most power conference schools with school wide deals. The advantage of that is in the ordering. It basically becomes a one stop shop and all goes through one point of contact. But, I've noticed that sports having individual deals create their own bargaining power and can maximize their own deals.

--- What is your favorite football uniform?

Traditional - Gold helmet, green jersey, gold pants.


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