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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Oregon State to wear turquoise uniforms

By Diamond Leung

Oregon State for at least one game is going away from its traditional orange and black colors in order to make a bold statement.

The Beavers will wear Nike turquoise uniforms while playing Texas Southern in the Nike N7 game on Tuesday that serves to raise awareness during Native American Heritage Month for the need to bring sports to Native American and Aboriginal communities.

Turquoise is a color of friendship in Native American culture, and basketball is a popular sport among Native Americans.

Oregon State sophomore Joe Burton, believed to be the first Native American to earn a men's basketball scholarship in the Pac-10, served as one of the models in yesterday's unveiling of the uniform, which includes the numbers in orange.

"It is a little outside of the box for us, but it's for such a great and important initiative," Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said. "I came to this because I was looking for something to support."

Would Oregon State consider wearing turquoise for more than one game?

"If we win big, anything's possible," Robinson joked.