While there have been some alterations made to North Carolina’s basketball uniforms over the years, there haven’t been too many drastic shifts. Of course there was the move to the Alexander Julian-designed argyle print during the 1990’s, and there were also those jerseys in 1999 that had the interlocking “NC” logo as opposed to “North Carolina” on the front.
Friday the program announced a major uniform change for its game against UCLA December 19 in Brooklyn. North Carolina will be wearing black jerseys for the first time in school history. Senior guard Marcus Paige showed off the new look to his teammates, and it’s safe to say that they’re happy with the new uniforms.
Traditionalists probably won’t like the uniforms, and that’s fine. Changes such as these tend to focus more on the younger crowd (especially recruits), which in some instances like the status that can come with having something that’s both new and exclusive.
Long before many of us were born, some colleges wore interesting color combinations on the fields and courts of play. One such program is Penn State, whose original school colors were black and pink. Those colors lasted just over two years, when the fading of the pink ultimately led to the student body deciding that blue and white was a better combination (and one they still use today).
The current Nittany Lions will honor the school’s past by wearing black jerseys with pink trim for their games against Bucknell (Friday) and Virginia Tech (next Wednesday). The Penn State basketball program sent out a photo of senior guard D.J. Newbill in the uniforms on its Twitter account Thursday afternoon.
According to the release Bucknell will also be wearing throwback uniforms in honor of Penn State’s first trip to Lewisburg since 1976. Bucknell’s uniforms will be replicas of what the team wore during the mid-1970s, when their nickname was “Bisons” as opposed to the current nickname of “Bison.”
After receiving footwear and apparel from adidas for the last 17 years, Notre Dame signed a highly lucrative deal with Under Armour in January. At the time of the announcement the deal was touted as the largest in the history of collegiate athletics, and given the power of the Notre Dame brand it’s understandable that a company looking to strengthen its position in the sports business landscape would shell out that kind of money.
Thursday the men’s basketball program unveiled its home uniform for the upcoming season, with sophomore guard Demetrius Jackson and senior guard/forward Pat Connaughton among the players chosen to model the new look. Below are tweets from the program’s official Twitter account, with Jackson showing off the front of the uniform and Connaughton the back.
It’s a pretty simple look for Notre Dame, which has yet to release photos of the road (and any possible alternates) uniform that they’ll wear in 2014-15.
Thursday was picture day for the Kentucky Wildcats, and it also represented an opportunity for the players to show off their new uniforms. The equipment staff’s official Twitter account sent out a close-up view of the new uniforms, which shows off the details on the back of the jersey and the checkerboard print on the legs of the shorts.
During the team’s trip to the Bahamas last month there were different uniforms, with the front and back of those jerseys being different colors (white on the front of the home jersey top, blue for the road). No such issue with the uniforms the Wildcats will wear during the regular season, which begins with a game against Grand Canyon on November 14.
h/t The Sporting News
Now that the makeover of McKale Center is nearing its completion, the Arizona basketball program announced on Wednesday that it will be wearing new uniforms in 2014-15. Yet while the uniforms themselves are new, the look is one fans of the program likely remember from the 1990’s.
The shorts will once again feature the vertical “CATS” logo on one side, with the “A” logo on the other. Arizona wore jerseys of a similar design for nearly a decade according to the release (the original shorts had the “A” resting over a basketball), a period that also featured the program’s lone national title in 1997. There are five different uniforms: two home white uniforms (one features blue trim, with the other having red trim), road navy, alternate red and a gray uniform that can be worn either at home or on the road.
“Our entire team is excited about receiving these new uniforms,” point guard T.J. McConnell said in the release. “Not only are they going to look great, but the technology that went into making them will benefit us on the court. So many great players in Arizona history wore similar uniforms, and it’s nice to be able to honor them while we try to do some of the same great things on the court.”
Bringing back a bit of the past is pretty cool, and for a team with designs on winning a national title this upcoming season the new uniforms could serve as a reminder of what’s been achieved by those who came before them. What would make this change even better? If a player decided to bring back the “CATS” socks that were also quite popular during the 1990s.