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I know it's a bit off topic that this point. But I think it would be a wise investment to switch to Nike and get new jerseys. I know there are a lot of guys saying Tennessee is tradition but a few disagree. Even Mo Couch. From twitter
@MoTrilla44: Having new unis some may feel its not UT traditional,n it's understandable.crazy as it sounds it bring in talent n great performance on Sat!
"Give him six" "We don't give a damn about the whole state of Alabama" "Grit N Grind"
I'm fairly certain the current Adidas deal is good through either 2014 or maybe 2015.
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Didn't see that someone beat me to it and already had this one going. My bad.
No, your post is actually substantial regarding switching from Adidas to Nike (the other one is just about dumb black out jerseys). The switch would be more beneficial for basketball recruiting (AAU and stuff)
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So why are black-out jerseys so "dumb"??
If the players and recruits cared little about them I would totally agree. But the players on the team AND recruits get really excited about alternative jerseys. Why should a player's opinion not matter at all when they are putting in much more work than anyone else??!!!
I'm not saying anything drastic but do an alternative jersey for one game at home, one away. Would excite the younger fan base, really excite the players, and probably get the attention of recruits as well.
The whole "tradition" excuse is old and tiring, especially when our original jerseys were black to begin with!
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According to the school website, one of our official colors is "smokey" which is a pretty awesome shade of a "blackened gray". Original jerseys were actually this color. I fall more on the side of traditional orange and white, but I like the players having some, slight say. I think there could be alternate jersey in this scheme and would be both fresh for today's players and respectful to the traditionalists.
This argument never ends well though.
We are TN and we do NOT need a gimmick of an alternate uniform to get publicity or get someone to notice us. We are ORANGE AND WHITE! We are NOT orange and white and black. Our orange jerseys are like NO OTHER jersey out there! Penn State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Alabama, Southern Cal, etc do not hand or need alternate uniforms and we are just like them!!! The ONLY thing an alternate or one time jersey or uniform is good for is additional merchandise sales. And there are plenty of black jerseys out there for sale already!
Just where exactly does it list a color "Smokey"?
I didn't make it up.
I am all for tradition and love the orange/white jerseys, but we are undefeated in the black jerseys!!
I would like to see orange pants used more at home (with orange jerseys). The more orange the better.
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I agree. I also have a soft spot for the "storm trooper" look though. Just please don't mess with the helmet.
only problem with your list is that almost ALL of those schools has, at some point in the recent past, worn an alternative uniform. ND (vs Miami) and Michigan (vs. Ohio State, maybe) wore some this year.
Whatever jersey we wear is fine with me. It's the clothing line that interest me. Addias just sucks in that department. IMO.
I really like the idea of doing something once a year for big home games or just homecoming or senior day. The idea of putting a mirrored finish on the orange parts of the helmet, like Navy, ND, and Oregon have done recently, checkerboards on the shoulders of the jersey or something unique.
I like the idea as a reward for players more than anything but it really does seem to help with recruiting, and doing it once per year wouldn't hurt anything.
Regardless of the jerseys, I'm in favor of dropping Adidas. I had no opinion on the matter until about a year ago when I began running. I started out with a few pieces of Adidas gear and then some Nike stuff went on sale. I bought it and I'll never go back. The shorts are lighter, the shirts have a better fit and better venting, and just feel better. There are a few pieces of gear that I have gotten from Adidas that I like, but in general everything I have bought from Nike is superior.
Mo Couch agrees. On twitter earlier he said Adidas lineman cleats were like steel toed work boots.
This post was edited by Rockytop85 19 months ago
Totally agree! I don't really care what UT wears (as long as it looks somewhat decent and not crazy ugly). It's just crazy that fans get SOOO riled up about uniforms and wanting a black out. The program has a ton of other things to worry about other than colors. If we get to do a black out, great. If not, fine. Priorities should be different.
You're more than free to dress all in black during games next season.
The thing that kills me about us being an Adidas school rather than Nike is the amount of merchandise us fans can buy. I live in Bristol TN, right on the Virginia state line. It's about half way between UT and Virginia Tech. When I walk into sporting good stores and look at apparel there will be 1 or 2 alright looking UT Adidas shirts and probably at least 10 awesome looking Nike design VT shirts. Seems to be a much larger, and usually better selection of fan apparel put out by Nike.
My point exactly. It's about advertising and Addias just doesn't do any of it. Plane jane t-shirts and sweaters.
As far as Adidas being the brand for the team it's ok from that standpoint. I just want to see us black out or do something different once in awhile (just don't mess with the helmet). It's a great for morale and everything, the players would love it. I'm tired of this tradition thing being used as the excuse because even Notre Dame did something different and did new jerseys for a couple of games. There is nothing wrong with it. My other reason why Nike would be better is the same reason as many, merchandise. At the sports stores I shop at in middle Tennessee, when I walk in the stores I see dozen of great looking shirts done by Nike for other teams, which would be great for Tennessee as well. Overall I'm happy with Adidas if it means we can get a new alternate jersey. Nothing wrong with it.
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