You want Nike Pro Combat uniforms? We’ve got Nike Pro Combat uniforms!
Today, Nike unveiled its all new Pro Combat uniform lineup for 2010. Alabama, Florida, Miami, Boise State, Oregon State, West Virginia, TCU, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh are the ten schools who will sport the new, light-weight uniforms at specific times during the season.
Each school’s uniform was designed with a specific theme in mind.
Alabama: Houndstooth check pattern incorporated into the uniform in tribute to legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.
Boise State: Reflective, Game Royal Bronco head on the uniform echoes the famed blue turf of Bronco stadium.
Florida: Alligator-skin motif used in the jersey numbers, pant, gloves and footwear inspired by menacing Gator mascot.
Miami: Tonal Fir palm-frond print emblematic of South Florida incorporated into the jersey numbers, pant and footwear.
Ohio State: Stylized script numbers, a replica U.S. flag on the jersey sleeve and the camouflage-print base layer honor the WWII-bound Buckeyes, National Champions of 1942.
Oregon State: Retro design revives a look worn by the victorious 1967 “Giant Killers.
Pittsburgh: Notched Team Gold jersey numbers and stencil stripe on the helmet evoke steel I-beams in reference to Pittsburgh’s steel industry.
TCU: Icy lizard-skin pattern used throughout the uniform inspired by the scaly body armor of TCU’s horned frog mascot and a memorable quote from celebrated coach Leo “Dutch” Meyer.
Virginia Tech: All-black uniform references the cadet gray-and-black regalia worn by Virginia Tech’s original football team and honors the school’s current Corps of Cadets.
West Virginia: A headlamp-like line running front-to-back on the helmet and smudged Black pattern on the uniform pay respect to the region’s coal mining industry.
“The Nike Pro Combat System of Dress merges innovation and inspiration to deliver the lightest and most innovative uniform in the industry,” said Kris Aman, Global VP and GM of Nike Athletic Training and Field Sports. “The designs incorporate cultural cues emblematic of each team’s identity and heritage. They’re more than uniforms, they’re expressions of pride.”
Here’s when you can expect your favorite team to adorn their new unis: TCU (Sept. 4) , Boise State & Virginia Tech (Sept. 6), Florida (Oct. 30), Alabama (Nov. 13), Miami (Nov. 20), Pittsburgh and West Virginia (Nov. 26), The Ohio State University (Nov. 27) and Oregon State (Dec. 4)
Update: I, like a fool, didn’t post direct links to each school’s uniforms. So, click on each school to see their gallery.