New Alternate Michigan Basketball Jersey (More Maize)

Submitted by not TOM BRADY on January 31st, 2013 at 11:38 PM

I dont know if this has been posted already, but I was on and I saw this. I think these are new. 

University of Michigan Tee Sheet with Distressed Football Helmet on Front-Oxford



February 1st, 2013 at 1:16 PM ^

Cincinnati and Tennessee (also Adidas schools, needless to say) have done the same: charcoal numbers on black jerseys, orange numbers on orange jerseys.

I quote the NCAA rule book:


The number shall be one single solid color that contrasts the neutral zone and may be bordered by no more than a ½-inch border of any color(s).


Numbers that do not contrast the surrounding color of the jersey are a violation; the penalty is a 2-shot technical foul.

I used to score for a local high school and if a team came out in one of these I'd be pissed, and I'd be reminding the game officials of the rule. Referees and scorers shouldn't be struggling to identify players on the court--that's what the numbers are there for in the first place.

The public humiliation of a technical foul assessed on national television for a uniform code violation would do Adidas a world of good.

Wolverine Devotee

February 1st, 2013 at 8:52 AM ^

Pretty sure it's part of the deal with adidas Michigan has to take whatever the uniform template is. Take a look at Michigan traditional home-road-third uniform set. It's changed 3 times since Michigan signed with adidas. 

That's because adidas changes the template every 2 years to keep the look fresh and to try to make money off the sheep (like me) who go out and buy the newest gear. 

Every adidas school has the same jersey template in basketball. 


February 1st, 2013 at 9:47 AM ^

Incorrect. Not all Adidas unis are of the same style. Example: Indiana is an Adidas school. Their unis look classic. I'm guessing Adidas gives each school a choice of which style set they want. M chose the halter top with spray paint shorts version. IU chose classic bball unis. Whether it was DB or somebody else in the athletic dept, M chose to do this to themselves.

This is particularly annoying because an M version of IU's style unis would look very similar to the ones the Fab 5 wore...which in my opinion would be the best possible scenario.

Mr. Yost

February 1st, 2013 at 1:03 PM ^

You really think Dave Brandon sits around approving jerseys?

Dave Brandon has little to NO say at all. He puts forth the requirements and if they meet the requirements this is almost a 100% team and sport supervisor issue.

You people - yes YOU people have no concept of Athletics Administration.

Dave Brandon is busy raising millions of dollars, he and his senior staff don't have time to be worrying about uniforms.

At my university I am the sport supervisor for Volleyball, Field Hockey and Track & Field. The final say on uniforms is with me and the head coach.

Also, just because Adidas is selling this jersey doesn't mean we'll wear it.

They also came out with those ugly neon yellow/green shoes that all Adidas teams got (EMU wore them vs. us)...I don't expect to see us wearing those either.

It's merchandise, get a grip people.

Naked Bootlegger

January 31st, 2013 at 11:45 PM ^

I want to see this jersey rip to shreds when Mitch McGary flexes while fighting for a rebound.   It must dissolve on an ankle-breaking Trey Burke crossover move.   It should instantly evaporate during a Stauskas 3-point follow-through motion.   Tear-away jersey are the new "it" factor in NCAA hoops, right?

Naked Bootlegger

February 1st, 2013 at 8:25 AM ^

More than anything, I want the jersey to fail miserably so we stop wearing Adidas.  I actually don't hate these jerseys (as long as the numbers actually appear on the TV screen) as much as others, but the laughable jersey ripping episode in Minnesota was the absolute final straw that broke my back.   And, yes...after reading my post again, it does seem laden with a certain level of creepiness that might make people uncomfortable.  


January 31st, 2013 at 11:55 PM ^

Please just explain why it's so painful for people when new uniforms are tried out. I mean people act like we are changing logos or something. Things change times change this may not be the best uni but there is always a uproar at the thought of any change to the uniforms just don't get it.


February 1st, 2013 at 7:56 AM ^

 and thats even with the uniforms changing every year for the past 60 years. I don't get it either lol. These ones are going to be extremely bright! I'm assuming these will be worn for the Ohio home game.

 I don't think the maize on maize will be a problem like the maize on white was in the bowl game. Basketballs played in doors in college so if the sun bleaches these numbers out you'll have bigger things worry about, like what happend to the roof at Crisler arena!

French West Indian

February 1st, 2013 at 8:18 AM ^

They should totally take the roof off of Crisler.

I've never understood why basketball needs to be played indoors.  Spent a lot of time playing outside when I was a kid.  Even when it was freezing cold, we'd compete to see who could make the first shot and smash through all the ice on the frozen net.  Difficult to dribble with snow and fingers would nearly freeze too.  It was like Manball, but on a basketball court.


January 31st, 2013 at 11:52 PM ^

I thought this had been known for a whille; Just about every adidas team has one of these, like the NBA christmas day jerseys.


January 31st, 2013 at 11:54 PM ^

This new style of having the jersey almost all one color looks absolutely terrible. The jerseys will just look like solid maize. I hope Michigan doesn't wear these for the Indiana game. If they do I may need a pair of sunglasses to protect my retinas.

The Knicks wore this style jersey in orange and it was pretty atrocious:


February 1st, 2013 at 1:11 AM ^

If there wasn't a crowd, I would probably think that was a practice shot.

Jerseys aren't that hard people. Pick a color, then pick a somewhat contrasting color for the numbers. Don't overload us with one thing

turd ferguson

January 31st, 2013 at 11:54 PM ^

Just don't mess with the home football uniforms and the football helmet - and don't do anything outrageously stupid - and it doesn't bother me. I'd rather stick with one damn uniform, but I try to reserve my "HOW COULD YOU, DAVE BRANDON?" reactions for special occasions.


February 1st, 2013 at 12:08 AM ^

I mean, I have a problem with the highlighter yellow, but Michigan Blue is so dark. Before Michigan went to the Maize-Out, they originally tried to have "Blue-Outs". The result was a rather dark, depressing, dead looking crowd. If we're going to feature one color and ignore the other, Maize is the way to go.


February 1st, 2013 at 12:19 AM ^

If it was actually maize but it's neon. I just say that about the blue because I saw the other schools who had the same thing last week and their darker away colors looked ok. Now I say ok knowing that Adidas is complete shit and it will remain a mystery to me forever how we don't have the fat block M on both sides of the shorts with the standard Michigan across the chest in a maize color, not neon yellow.


February 1st, 2013 at 12:13 AM ^

Just awful.

I think Adidas is just trolling us at this point.  I just can't believe that someone that's actually trying, and, like, paid to do design and stuff, could come out with so many fails in rapid succession.


February 1st, 2013 at 12:14 AM ^

and a little less bad than the spray-paint stained standard maize unis.

If they would fill in the numbers in solid blue they would be our best uniform.