Pitt and West Virginia will wear uniforms designed to represent ties to the steel industry and pay respect to the deadly explosion at Upper Big Branch mine in April. Pitt's uniform will feature smoky college navy and black jerseys and pants with metallic team gold numerals (the glow of a blast furnace) and helmets resembling a hard hat. West Virginia will wear a helmet designed to resemble a miner's headlamp and white jerseys with shaded shoulders (a fine layer of coal dust). There also are accents of university gold to represent canaries, which were used long ago to test toxicity in mines.
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