Phil here, popping in for a bit of College Football news.
In case you missed it, over the Labor Day weekend, the Kansas University Jayhawks introduced a new, all-black uniform they’re dubbing “Blackhawk,” and which they’ll wear for a prime time matchup this Friday against Illinois.
If you hadn’t been paying attention, earlier this year, the Jayhawks debuted brand new blue and white uniforms (which look really, really good). My only complaint about the new uniforms is the new trend of teams adding a HUGE wordmark across the chest, a trend the NFL seems to be toying with as well.
But the new all-black uniforms are slightly different in style from those which debuted earlier this year.
Let’s take a look.
As you can see, it’s head-to-toe black. The black helmet features a blue facemask, and a different logo (the “1941 Jayhawk” that is also known as the school’s “warhawk” design).
Here’s a handy-dandy guide…
You’ll note the paint finishes on both helmet and cage are “anodized.” I didn’t realize that was a thing for football helmets, but according to Wikipedia, “Anodizing is an electrolytic passivation process used to increase the thickness of the natural oxide layer on the surface of metal parts. The process is called anodizing because the part to be treated forms the anode electrode of an electrolytic cell. Anodizing increases resistance to corrosion and wear, and provides better adhesion for paint primers and glues than bare metal does.” So there’s that.
Moving down, the jersey and pants are also black. The jersey features the 1941 Jayhawk logo on each sleeve cap, with the word “KANSAS” in white across the front. The number is blue, with a white and red outline. Fans of fonts will recognize the style is “Circus,” a style that has been adorning the team’s basketball jerseys for years.
Pants are black with a thick red/white/blue/white/red stripe down each side.
The jersey features a blue collar stripe, while NOB is rendered in a standard block font in white. Rear number is in the same style as the front.
If you look closely at the above photo, you’ll notice a blue-and-white flag with a “K” just above the player’s name on the back of the jersey.
That’s the Kansas “Game Day” flag, and it was added to the uniform at the request of the players.
In case any of this wasn’t clear, here’s the details:
Of course, no unveiling would be complete without the hype video. I’d recommend turning the volume down (or off) for this one…
— Kansas Football (@KU_Football) September 3, 2023
While it was announced the team will debut these new alternates this Friday night against Illinois, they did not state whether or not they will be worn more than once. I suppose that may depend upon whether they win or go Blackhawk Down.