Did Virginia Tech Steal This Concept?Remember when artist Charles Sollars created all of those concept uniforms and helmets for college football’s top programs? Mr. Sollars wasn’t just doing this for fun. His intention was to have one or maybe more schools buy his designs. Well according to Sollars, some of his concepts did gain some traction. In fact, Virginia Tech was interested in having a conversation.
Here is a great story of an underdog designer getting a huge break, only to be shot down by the typical forces of major college athletics. Put it this way, the athletes aren’t the only ones being exploited. Let’s begin from the beginning.
John Ballein, who is the Associate Athletic Director for Virginia Tech football reached out to Mr. Sollars. Here is the email:
From: John Ballein
Date: February 28, 2012 6:51:27 AM MST
I am reaching out to you about a helmet design I have seen. Can you provide me with your contact information.