Wednesday afternoon the Baylor basketball program sent out some images of its uniform combinations for the upcoming season, and the volt color way that first made a splash in 2012 is back. Baylor’s got four different uniforms it can wear this season: home (white), away (green) and two alternate uniforms.
While there is some volt green in each of the four uniforms, its presence is relatively tame compared to the uniforms Scott Drew’s program wore back in 2012. Of course those uniforms were part of adidas’ AdiZero uniform release (Baylor is now outfitted by Nike), with two other schools (Cincinnati and Louisville) wearing colorful uniforms with shorts that had “interesting” patterns on them.
While some of the new uniform designs in college sports have received some pushback from fans and alums, this stuff is about the players and recruits programs look to land for the future. Everyone likes free stuff, and when it comes to apparel for young athletes having something that’s both free and “exclusive” is seen as a positive.
While area rivals Buffalo, Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure have met quite often through the years, with Canisius and Niagara both being members of the MAAC, very rarely have all four played in the same building on the same day. November 29 the four programs will participate in a doubleheader at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, with Niagara facing St. Bonaventure in the opener and Canisius/Buffalo serving as the nightcap.
And for the Big 4 Basketball Classic doubleheader each of the teams will wear Buffalo Braves-inspired uniforms, paying homage to the basketball history of the City of Buffalo. The Braves, now knows as the Los Angeles Clippers, were based in Buffalo from 1970-78 before moving to San Diego.
According to the release from St. Bonaventure, the uniforms in their game vs. Niagara are meant to represent what the Braves wore from 1971-73, with the Canisius and Buffalo uniforms representing the final color scheme used by the NBA franchise before its move to San Diego. I like the look because not only is it different, it can also help educate younger fans about the history of basketball in Buffalo.
Earlier this month, Adidas unveiled the specialty uniforms that they would be providing to the programs that they sponsor.
While some did still have sleeves, the jerseys were a major improvement over what they had come up with a year ago.
But that doesn’t mean that they were all approved by the NCAA.
The uniform that Adidas created for Baylor was said ‘Sic Em Bears’ on the front of the jersey. On Wednesday, the day the Big 12 tournament is set to begin, the NCAA ruled that Baylor would not be allowed to wear those uniforms.
Can the NCAA ban sleeved jerseys, too?