By John Ekdahl
First up: Arizona State, which unveiled their new sets as well as the full uniform schedule for the 2013 season (available at the link).
ASU football team has unveiled home uniform combinations for the 2013 season.
The third annual ‘Blackout’ game will be held Sept. 14 against Wisconsin and the second ‘Maroon Monsoon’ will be on Sept. 28 against USC.
For the second consecutive season, fans and ASU students will each have the opportunity to choose the team’s uniform combinations for the Oct. 12 game against Colorado and the Nov. 16 contest against Oregon State, respectively. Voting for both the fans and students will be conducted via the web and social media.
As more schools go the multiple uniform route, I suspect we’ll be seeing more of this gimmicky voting and contests and such. From an engagement and excitement standpoint, it’s probably a smart move assuming the team is halfway-decent.
It has been said that Charlie Strong preferred to keep the uniforms “traditional”. That makes sense with his coaching history at Notre Dame and Florida. Both programs have a history of keeping their look pretty simple. However, it looks like Strong has caved to the idea that not only do fans like a little bit of flair, but recruits love it.
“Recruits love it.”
UConn coach Pasqualoni has been impressed with the reaction to the school’s uniform change:
On Friday, at UConn’s media day, coach Paul Pasqualoni said the reaction to the new-look from recruits as well as incoming and current players has been positive.
“From recruits, from the guys that have gone online, and they’ve seen it, the responses have been very good, very positive,” he said. “Kids are really excited about the new uniform, about the concept of the helmet. It’s been really good and we’ve tried to promote it ourselves.”
“Nike obviously does a real good job and the university did a great job with it,” he added. “I was very happy with all the effort and the results of it are really pretty good.”
There it is again: “Recruiting”. We might as well get used to it, I suppose.
Update on lawmakers’ plan to streamline all military combat uniforms to one camouflage pattern:
Congressional efforts to whittle down the 10 different camouflage uniforms in use to just one are gaining momentum, a move that could save millions of dollars while affecting future contracts for the 23 manufacturers across the country that benefit from the proliferation of designs.
Before lawmakers left town last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal 2014 defense spending bill, S. 1429, that would halt funding for new patterns starting Oct. 1 unless all services agree to use a single design for a given terrain.
A Government Accountability Office report prompted the changes proposed by lawmakers, who are trying to find ways to trim costs amid the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration.
Here’s a weird one: Ohio Highway Patrol Troopers have filed a grievance because their new uniform shoes are too “slick”.
The union for Ohio troopers says new shoes being issued to them by the State Highway Patrol are slick ”” and not in a good way.
The footwear, a type of short boot, is in a buckle-and-strap style instead of the lace-up style many troopers prefer.
They complain the shoes can cause slips and aren’t secure enough when officers run after or tussle with people, The Columbus Dispatch reported Friday.