Traditionalists, hide the women and children. And then your eyes and ears, as you may not like what you’re about to see and hear.
Andrew Lind is a reporter for the Tidewater News and, apparently, some sort of a uniform connoisseur. In that latter capacity, Lind has tweeted some very jarring news: a handful of the most prestigious college football programs in the country will be sporting black alternate uniforms at some point during the 2015 season.
A total of nine teams, Lind reports, will be going to the dark side this coming year: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas.
The above are Nike t-shirts that have been available in retail stores for several months. It’s unclear, if the report is accurate, how closely the t-shirts would resemble the actual black uniforms that will reportedly be worn by those nine teams.
As Lind notes in a followup tweet, it’s “[s]omewhat surprising to hear Texas will have a black alternate jersey just days after head coach Charlie Strong said the team would not.”
Georgia has worn a black jersey on occasion in the past, as has Oregon and Florida State. According to ElevenWarriors.com, Ohio State will join that group for their October prime-time game against Penn State.
And, if you had been paying attention, Buckeye fans, this alternate move to the dark side shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
UPDATED 3:19 p.m. ET: By way of Oklahoma senior associate athletics director/external operations Kenny Mossman, one football program has denied they will be going alternate black jersey for a game this season.
UPDATED 4:29 p.m. ET: And we have yet another denial from one of the teams mentioned in the original report.