New football uniforms won’t be quite ready for spring game

About a week ago in one of our Q&A sessions, someone asked about the new football uniforms and when they might be unveiled. Pat Kraft, Indiana’s senior assistant athletic director for marketing, says IU is still in back and forth discussions with Adidas about style and feel and such, so the initial hope that the Hoosiers might wear them in the spring game on April 17 won’t happen. He said it’s possible that IU could unveil the jerseys that day, maybe putting a jersey on display somewhere, but there’s no way of outfitting the entire team by that point.

Speaking of the spring game, Kraft says IU’s marketing department plans on turning it up a notch for that. He said he’ll have a better idea of what that means specifically at around the beginning of April.


  1. I have a bad feeling about these uniforms. Maybe its that I’ve seen too many crummy Nike designs over time. Oregon? New Mich St. helmets?

  2. Well, for one thing, we wear adidas products, not Nike. Also, its not like we’re making some giant change here. The one prototype we saw still had Hoosiers on the front in the same font, and we aren’t changing up the logo or color like when Cameron was here.

    Also, its nice to know that someone felt the need to basically refer to IU’s college athletes as “pigs”.

  3. What the hell is wrong with the current uniforms? Don’t tell me IU is aiming to be the Oregon of the Midwest!

  4. yea because the uniforms were the big problem for the team. is lynch considering spraying the field crimson too?

  5. actually, Jimmy, I was referring to the attempt of prettying up something that is incredibly ugly instead of making the serious changes that the program needs.

    but whatever, man. you obviously missed the lecture on simile.

  6. Aaaand…here we go. lala, you realize that Lynch doesn’t focus on the uniforms, right? They have people in the AD that focus on this stuff.

    But hey, let the insanity continue. No one has ever changed uniforms before. Nothing can ever change until we go 12-0. THIS IS ALL ON LYNCH!111!!!

  7. I, for one, never understood why we got rid of the “Play 13” motto. Did we go back to just wanting to play 12?

  8. Getting new uniforms and focusing on improving the team are not mutually exclusive.

    Why not look at the uniform revamp as a sign that the athletic department is finally taking football more seriously (also see: $40 million end-zone addition, building largest workout facility in the country)?

    And to echo Jimmy’s point, Lynch is not cutting time out of his coaching schedule to go pick out uniforms and compare fabric types. I’m pretty sure there’s a completely unrelated team of people devoted to taking care of that.

    How about this: New uniforms AND a better football team. Stop freaking out, people. And stop being perpetually negative. If the changing of uniforms puts you in a bad mood, you seriously need to consider following another sport/team.

  9. Change? What? Why would they ever consider doing something different than it has been done before? Did they forget they are in the State of Indiana?

  10. i thought they already revealed the new jerseys? maybe even on this site? or hoosier hype? a few months ago?

  11. The best unis were the Mallory-era ones with the block I helmet. I think we are still paying a kharma-penalty for the Camron-era black helmets. And potentially for hiring Camron in the first place.

  12. Why don’t we get Urban from Florida? He needs less stress…no stress or pressure at IU. Win, Win.

  13. The IU pitchfork has been the logo standard for the school for a long while. I really never understood how the AD’s department could allow any deviation from Cam or Mallory. The idea is continuity for school identification not the individual team. Adopting it and the color crimson for the department was the only thing McNeely did right. I still like to see us use the true color cream. Everybody uses white and some other color. I always thought the student section at games could call themselves the “Pitchfork Battalion”. Does nybody know the history of the logo? I’d like to know.

  14. I don’t associate the IU logo as a pitchfork, I must have missed something. I do agree that tradition is good, but upgrading it with a modern touch is nice. Completly deviating from the I or the IU logo is just grasping at straws to make a change. This is what highly paid people do, sit around and come up with silly ideas like this, just to say they did something.

  15. On gamedays I walk through the hall to the Hoosier Hundred room underneath the stadium and one thing always captures my mind and thoughts as I look at the teams from our past bowls. THE “I” on the helmets. The Hoosiers have only been going to bowls whne they have had the “I” on the helmet. One might think that during our last bowl we didn’t, which is true but to get to that bowl we wore the “I” helmet during the amazing last second win against purdue. Just a thought…I am only 26 and have been coming to football and basketball ever since I can remember. I am just saying that we need to respect our past and stick with tradition and bring back the block “I” helmets.

  16. It’s not a pitchfork, it’s called the “Interlock.”

    Around campus you can see older, more stylized versions of it, it’s just gotten blockier (And therefore more legible) over time.

  17. Can’t we just leave the fricking uniforms alone? Keep it simple and traditional. The “Cam-Shaft” era uniforms were the butt ugliest ever! The uniforms we’ve had the last couple of years are prefect. What’s our obsession with changing uniforms? I don’t get it? Do they expect to hide from our dismal football past and think new uniforms will help us win?! Focus on the facilities, marketing and personnel. Quit playing games with the unis.

    Having said that, I can’t wait to tailgate at the stadium on Apr. 17th! Bring on the football, baby!

  18. A couple clarifications. The logo on the helmets definitely will not change. The pictures of uniforms that showed up on this site were of one of several models IU was considering. And yes, the people who deal with Adidas on uniform changes are in the marketing wing of the athletic department and are not wasting time that would be better spent recruiting or game-planning. They aren’t involved in those things.
    Carry on.

  19. I suppose there are some who might refer to the logo as a candelabra. That would be high tone.

  20. Can’t people stop finding things to bitch about? Its just a uniform. Let it go.

    HC: I’ve heard it mostly referred to as a trident.

  21. FWIW I don’t understand this but, apparently, Oregon’ infinite collection of uniform options is a big hit for recruits. Lots of eighteen year old kids think they are great. I think a specific look is only important to those of us that have an understanding of the school’s history.

  22. Chet- you have to know the psychology of the Oregon recruit in order to understand their fascination with uniforms.

    In case you didn’t notice, their star QB and two star running backs just got suspended for misdemeanor burglary – they stole some laptops and other stuff (cool uniforms?) from a frathouse. One of these RB’s, Lagarrete Blount, had already been suspended once last season for punching a Boise State player. Let’s just say that the new uniforms allow them to…well… to feel like they are getting their bling despite the confined life of a college football.

  23. Husky Tom-

    Do you really think that the uniforms make them feel like they commit crimes? And penn state has the most traditional uniforms ever and what… five years ago they had the same problems that the Ducks are having today. Honestly the “tradtional look” for Indiana would be rediculous because there is no tradition. Oregon’s tradition is uniforms and before the whole uniform thing, Oregon was similar to Indiana
    in the whole success thing (or lack there of) so obviously the only solution for the Hoosiers is more modern looks because that attracts skill.

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