Snarky Athletic Department Employees
Brians last post just reminded me......I was pretty bummed out by the look of those supposed road uniforms so I did what any obsessed fans would do...I emailed Bill Martin to find out if it was true. I got an email back from some guy named Dave who was sort of dick. Of course, he didn't really answer my question, which was whether or not those were really the new road uniforms. My email to him had that picture in it...here's the email from Dave:
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 9:31 PM
Subject: Michigan Football Uniforms
Thanks for your interest and passion for the University of Michigan football program.
The home uniform has not changed with the exception of the logo and the away uniform has been modified slightly in comparison to the Nike design that has been worn the past few seasons. The uniforms were approved last fall and have been in production well in advance of the hiring of Coach Rich Rodriguez. He was not involved and linking the design with West Virginia or him is inaccurate and unfair to do. The team's road uniform has been tweaked on numerous occasions throughout the years and this slightly modified design is no different.
We appreciate your input and feedback. I hope you are excited about the upcoming season and like the uniforms once you see them this fall.
If you are interested, here's a little history on our uniforms throughout the years:
1879 White canvas with blue stockings and a belt
1897 Canvas and blue jerseys worn
1912 All blue jerseys with no canvas introduced
1915 Numbers are added to the jerseys
1928 Yellow jersey with blue numbers worn vs. Navy
1938 Fritz Crisler brings the winged helmet to Michigan
1949 White jersey with blue numbers worn vs. Northwestern
1959-68 White numbers added on sides of winged helmet
1968 Block 'M' added on sleeve of home jerseys for one season
1969 Numbers added to the sleeve of the jersey during Bo Schembechler's first season
1974-75 White pants worn on the road
1976 Numerals taken off the sleeve and put on the shoulder of the away jerseys
1980 Names added to the back of jerseys
1994 Michigan enters into agreement with Nike as official apparel supplier
1997 Home jerseys have Block 'M' hologram on the shoulder
1997-2004 Away jerseys have Block 'M' added to sleeve and numbers displayed on shoulder