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Michigan going all Oregon with 2012 unis?

Roy Roundtree, Gary Gray AP

I’m all for the alternate uniform craze, but say it ain’t so, Blue!

Michigan broke the traditional mold last season when it busted out alternate uniforms for its September night game against Notre Dame and later Michigan State. The unis were great and the alternate helmets ended up sticking for the rest of the season, but now the Wolverines could be taking it a step further.

U-M athletic director David Brandon said the school is working on adding a variety of new unis for 2012 that could be unveiled this summer.

“The coaches like it and the student-athletes like it and the recruits are enamored by it. So why wouldn’t we?” Brandon said.

It’s unknown how much of a departure these new unis will be from the traditional maize and blue, but Brandon hinted they won’t be too extreme.

“I rely a lot on the coaches to make those decisions,” Brandon said. “Frankly, the coaches would tell you a lot of this has to do with recruiting, too. Recruits today, they like variety. They emulate these programs that from time to time wield out these special jerseys.”

And that’s ultimately who these unis are designed to attract: the players.

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17 Responses to “Michigan going all Oregon with 2012 unis?”
  1. southernpatriots says: May 17, 2012 10:48 PM

    Say no maise and blue! Just say no! The winningest team in college football history does not need any of these Oregon type of unis…hope AD Brandon is giving us the level truth and that the unis “won’t be too extreme.” LSU’s this past season were fairly good and kept the general color scheme and logo and afterward they were auctioned off to help children who were ill. Hope the Wolverines get a good one.

    We are still “putting a bug in the ear of the AAD and entire Athletic Dept. at LSU to schedule Michigan soon. Keep up the pressure on the Michigan AD. Maybe when the true “more permanent” SEC schedules are made next spring/summer, they can do that. Would love a meeting at The Big House under the lights on a Saturday night and the same at Death Valley!

  2. fatfreddystubbs says: May 17, 2012 10:54 PM

    If the powers that be at Michigan think it will benefit the program, then they should do what they want. However, in my humble opinion, there are certain classic uniforms in sports that shouldn’t be messed with, and i think Michigan’s are one of them.

  3. TxGrown says: May 17, 2012 11:10 PM

    Ha ha ha ha…..

  4. TxGrown says: May 17, 2012 11:14 PM

    ha ha ha ….I’m sorry…whew! HA HA HA …

  5. deadeye says: May 17, 2012 11:26 PM

    I think it’s great when a school like Oregon does something different to establish their own tradition. I think it’s pathetic when a school with an already established, long-standing tradition does something different to be trendy.

    Alabama won’t do that and their recruiting won’t suffer.

  6. eagles512 says: May 17, 2012 11:48 PM


  7. dawglb says: May 18, 2012 12:11 AM

    Sellouts. You cheapen yourselves by doing this. You take a 100(?) year old institution, and allow 18 year olds direct the way you do business. Awesome. You, 50+ year old men, with your degrees, and status let 18 year old, tattoo filled kids, many of whom will not graduate from your school make these decisions for you. Why don’t you just bring back Rich Rod? Pathetic!

  8. dkhhuey says: May 18, 2012 1:24 AM

    Jesus – I thought AACC already had the ugliest uniforms – I stand corrected, they’ve just topped themselves…

  9. addict2sport says: May 18, 2012 4:03 AM

    Horrible trend going on. Let Oregon carry the multi uni title. At the end of the day even Phil Knight would trade all those Nikes for the titles and traditions that programs like Michigan, USC, Penn St, and Alabama have. If a recruit wants to play for you because you have multiple uniforms, is that really the type on student athlete you want? Has it really come to this? Scary if it has. Very scary.

  10. norcalirish says: May 18, 2012 5:04 AM

    If ND decided to end the decades old tradition of students painting the Helmets this doesn’t surprise me at all. At least we play on real grass…for now. But that’s “progress”! Enjoy your playoff.

  11. alligatorsnapper says: May 18, 2012 7:47 AM


    Both my uncle and cousin attended in South Bend. They remind me every few years some movement comes along to change what has been tradition for generations (or a century!!) at ND. If it weren’t for the faithful fans, who respect the traditions, these “modern” changes would have been made on some tried and true tradition which generation after generation has grown up with.

    About a decade ago, one wealthy ND booster offered to replace the natural turf with a new artificial one which would require less maintenance…on the field on which the second most winning college football team has played for over a hundred years! My uncle telephoned ND and said he would come up there and help with the natural turf and get some of his old classmates who would join him, so they could keep the natural grass. ND rejected his offer. Then he offered to speak with the LSU grounds crew who prepare the natural grass for LSU to play on before each game and see if they would be willing to travel to South Bend and help them out, and ND quickly dropped the bad idea…traditions will fail unless we stand up for them.

  12. silverdeer says: May 18, 2012 7:48 AM

    @dawglb, I don’t think that changing things after a 100+ years is an issue. After all, I don’t suspect that you still use a goat and push mower to do your lawn. Do I like the tradition in college football? Absolutely! However, like everything it has to change with the times or be left behind. If Michigan wasn’t able to do this they wouldn’t be near as successful as they are and they wouldn’t play football in the stadium known as the Big House.

  13. going4iton4th says: May 18, 2012 8:13 AM

    Tradition is awesome but to all the old farts who don’t like it get over yourself. One little uniform change will not tarnish anything in the eyes of the world. People are always going to associate Michigan with the Maize and Blue. Consequently, programs like Oregon market themselves as cutting edge and hip. There is room on the college football landscape for everyone!

  14. bertenheim says: May 18, 2012 11:27 AM

    If Michigan wants to get away from tradition, they could start with their tradition of embarrassing the Big Ten in Pasadena.

  15. timh1955 says: May 18, 2012 12:13 PM

    “Real” teams don’t need gimmicks like multi unis. This sounds like something Boise State or some other wanna be team would do.


  16. polegojim says: May 18, 2012 1:47 PM

    1) No one at Michigan wants to be Oregon. That was simply Ben’s comp.
    2) I HATE the alt uniforms… but…

    Real teams aren’t defined by their uniforms, but by their tradition. Michigan is validated.
    Real teams have the courage to try new things despite popular. After 100 years, Michigan is quite comfortable doing so.
    Real teams let their play speak for them. Michigan is focused on this, not just uniforms.
    Real teams can choose be different without being followers.

    @bertenheim… soon, you’ll get your wish.

    Go BLUE!

  17. southernpatriots says: May 18, 2012 4:42 PM

    Ben: Please note the entry at 4:31 PM. This is a college football blog about Michigan new unis, not about….

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