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Is Penn State changing its uniforms?

Michael Zordich, Johnnie Troutman AP

Penn State could be changing their football uniforms again. Three years after removing the white neckline from the home blue uniforms and blue neckline from the road white uniforms, the striping looks like it could possibly, potentially, perhaps be making a return. Maybe.

In recent weeks Penn State football players have already been seen wearing football uniforms in public showing off the new, yet old, look. This photo gallery from Patriot News photographer Joe Hermitt shows many current Nittany Lions players wearing home jerseys with a white neckline, although the road white uniform appears to be solid white with no blue neckline or sleeve striping to be seen. The pictures are from a recent Uplifting Athletes event prior to a home basketball game. The players took part in a number of activities with children and signed autographs while wearing these jerseys.

Penn State removed the striping from their jerseys before the 2011 season. The changes were subtle but were not received well by some fans. In 2012 former head coach Bill O’Brien added last names of players to jerseys, which caused even more of an uproar for some despite it being a way to recognize players who chose to stay with the program after NCAA sanctions were levied against the program. Penn State also added a blue ribbon to the back of the football helmet to pay tribute to victims of child abuse. In 2013 all Big Ten teams added the updated Big Ten logo to their jerseys. Penn State also played their final home game of the 2012 season with a No. 42 on the helmets in honor of team leader Michael Mauti, who suffered a season-ending injury.

James Franklin comes off as a guy who is understanding and appreciative of the history and tradition within the program, so major tweaks to the football uniform are probably not likely. But a simple twist to return to the more familiar jerseys seems much more plausible. Penn State has a contract with Nike, and despite past attempts to provide an alternative look, Penn State has stayed true to their roots when it comes to the uniform. We’ll see if anything else happens to change.

Penn State has not commented on the potential uniform change for the 2014 season. It is entirely possible the jerseys already seen will not be the official jerseys worn in the fall. These jerseys also did not have names on the jerseys, so they could have just been used for special or one-time use, while more official jerseys will be organized and put together later. Some programs have already announced or leaked uniform changes for 2014, which is not uncommon this time of the year, but we will just have to wait and see what Penn State ends up doing.

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10 Responses to “Is Penn State changing its uniforms?”
  1. mydixienormus says: Feb 20, 2014 7:30 PM

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  2. phillyphanatic77 says: Feb 20, 2014 7:38 PM

    Big PSU fan but my god, how did they manage 5 solid paragraphs on the jersey neck trim? I don’t know anyone who was “outraged” by the recent changes.

  3. lsutiga21 says: Feb 20, 2014 7:54 PM

    Ahh, the state of modern journalism…

    The heading should be either “Is Penn State Changing ITS Uniforms?” or “ARE Penn State Changing Their Uniforms?”

    It’s not like this is some random guy on Twitter or someone posting on a forum; it’s a man who claims to be a journalist. And it’s the heading! Not some often made mistake buried somewhere in the up-teenth paragraph of a long story.

    When someone who hasn’t taken an English class since the first year of college understands the correct use of the language better than a “well-taught” journalist, it says something fairly profound about modern journalism. Maybe that’s because journalism schools today focus so heavily on things like ideology and sensationalism rather than the basic fundamentals.

  4. musketmaniac says: Feb 20, 2014 8:00 PM

    Not a psu fan, but the generic uniform is a trademark, okay it’s been stained. changing the uniform is the road more traveled, a constant reminder of why/when you changed it, or every time you change it again. Whatever happened to `we are penn state` where’s the pride, not everyone raped kids or covered it up. although most of you were quick to defend, that’s not worth stripes or shapes on your game days or stars on your helmet. keep it plain psu.

  5. Kevin McGuire says: Feb 20, 2014 8:47 PM

    I’ve been covering Penn State for a few years now, including the uniform changes. Trust me, there was plenty of outrage about them. Perhaps from the vocal minority, but there are plenty of people who wish they’d go back to it today.

  6. davidpsu says: Feb 20, 2014 9:46 PM

    OMG!

  7. nkmwpsu says: Feb 20, 2014 10:00 PM

    Kevin, don’t make anything of this. The players always wear old uniforms to these functions. Check out last year’s uplifting athletes photos. You can tell the blue uniforms are old because they don’t have the Big10 logo on them. The white uniform is just a current road uniform. This is just Spider getting some mileage out of old stock.

  8. tommy57 says: Feb 21, 2014 9:04 AM

    There was some controversy about the uniform change, but I think it was just part of the bigger transition from entire Joe Paterno era than just about the uniforms.

  9. novasportsfan says: Feb 21, 2014 10:28 AM

    Don’t make anything of it. If you look some of the blue jersey’s have been stitched. Old stock.

  10. ray1950 says: Feb 21, 2014 11:02 AM

    lsutiga21 says:
    Feb 20, 2014 7:54 PM
    Ahh, the state of modern journalism…

    The heading should be either “Is Penn State Changing ITS Uniforms?” or “ARE Penn State Changing Their Uniforms?”

    It’s not like this is some random guy on Twitter or someone posting on a forum; it’s a man who claims to be a journalist. And it’s the heading! Not some often made mistake buried somewhere in the up-teenth paragraph of a long story.

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    The author rarely, if ever, composes the headline.

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