What the hell. We did it for Florida State yesterday, so it’d only be fair and equitable to do the same for an in-state rival.
Prior to its annual spring game, and after a couple of months worth of teasing and anticipation on the part of the fan base, The U Saturday — finally — unveiled its new uniform combinations for the 2014 season. It marks the first major uniform change for the football program since late last decade, which might as well be an eon in today’s game.
The school referenced the football program making its way through NCAA sanctions as one area the new laundry represent.
“The uniform comes at the right time for the right team,” head coach Al Golden said. “These young men, who unselfishly guided us through some very dark days, now display a renewed attitude and spirit! These new uniforms capture that outlook.
“The innovative look respects our tradition but perhaps more importantly, represents the future and our current Canes. We have one of the most iconic logos in college sports and Nike has combined that with its latest performance technology to produce a sleek, dynamic new uniform for The U.”
Based on the press release, it appears there will be a significant on the Ibis mascot on the uniforms, a fact that was driven home by the university. From the release:
The ibis has long been an important part of the university’s heritage. As a well-known Native American symbol for both danger and hope, the bird was believed to be the last animal to seek shelter before an oncoming hurricane and the first to emerge after the storm. An aggressive interpretation of the Miami Ibis has been integrated into the uniform on the shoulders, hip of pant, and helmet.
Miami will now feature four interchangeable uniform colors. The tonal colors of the Ibis logo (green, orange, and white) inform three of the four new looks. At home, the Hurricanes will dress in orange. The orange jersey (“Juice”) is accented by green directional graphics at the shoulder. A clean white and silver helmet, featuring an anodized finish and grey facemask, completes the look. The white jersey (“Storm Trooper”) and pant is accented with green at the shoulder, and serves as the foundation of the away look. The white uniform is also capped with the white and silver helmet. The team will also showcase two alternate uniform colors – the first alternate showcasing a green jersey (“Surge”) and pant with a white helmet. The team will also introduce a new alternate anthracite “Smoke” jersey and pant serving as a reminder of the early pioneering pre-game smoke that opened every home game.
Whether the fans like the new uniforms remains to be seen; whether the players themselves like the new uniforms is patently obvious:
After the jump, you can take a gander at the new duds and, below that, sound off on whether a thumbs up or thumbs down is in order.