Men get excited over new sports uniform (aka “uni”) designs like women do for New York Fashion Week. Did I really just mention New York Fashion Week on my blog? Oh man, well Mrs. DFCF will be so proud! There’s even a blog devoted solely to everything you could possibly think about when it comes to unis. If you are in to that kind of thing I highly recommend it … www.uniwatchblog.com. I bring all this up because there is a lot of news out there this offseason regarding the NC State football unis.
The first thing is that we will be getting new football unis this year. This has been confirmed by numerous people at NC State. I can’t find it, but I think TOB even discussed it in an interview. [Edit: Further confirming … there will be a sale of game-worn jerseys at the Kay Yow Spring Game this weekend.] Anyway, there is an Adidas ad for the new adiZero 5-star football cleat, which at 6.9 oz. will be the lightest football cleat on the market, that got leaked on the internet depicting an NC State football player. Sure is nice to finally get some publicity like this from Adidas, huh? From my sources inside the program … “the pic of the Adidas ad is the new jersey.” Here’s the ad:
The changes from last years jersey are: 1. replacing the wolf statue logo with “Wolfpack”, 2. adding TV numbers to the sleeves, & 3. moving the Adidas logo to front center underneath the collar. The changes are very subtle so you people out there hoping for a total redesign may be a bit disappointed, but I think it looks very sharp and crisp. DFCF approves. The jerseys will also be the new Adidas TECHFIT compression style, which is the Adidas response to the super popular Nike Pro Combat jerseys. Some other NC State football uni news that has been circulating the internet this offseason are rumors about a black uniform and a red helmet.
I absolutely hate the idea of black uniforms. Let me take that back … hate is not a strong enough word for how I feel about that. NC State has never worn black football uniforms before so why start now? I don’t care how <air quotes> cool or badass </air quotes> they may look, it’s a terrible idea. I figured this would be the one thing I wouldn’t have to worry about after we hired uber-conservative TOB, but I’m hearing that it’s a done deal. Now on the other hand, I absolutely love the idea of a red helmet. Of course, I have a soft spot in my heart for red helmets since my freshman year at State (1999) was the last time we donned them. The word on the new red helmet is that it will have a triple stripe like the 1983 helmet, be worn with the black unis, and then become an alternate helmet. Below is a poorly done Photoshop of what this black uni, red helmet combination could look like. Until this is publicly announced I’ll cross my fingers and hope it’s all bogus.
Even bigger NC State uni news is that Debbie Yow confirmed at one of her many recent pressers, that we have started the process to get an all-sports apparel deal. Currently we have Adidas for football and men’s basketball (both contracts end in June 2012), Majestic for baseball, Nike for women’s basketball, and Under Armour for softball. It’s so confusing I can’t even tell you what soccer, volleyball, track, golf, wrestling, or any of the other sports wear. This is a huge problem for the school because it hurts our brand. An all-sports apparel deal is something we’ve needed for a long time so it will be nice when we get this finalized. Per Debbie, that should be happening soon. I personally hope it’s Nike because they are just the best right now in terms of quality of shoes, apparel, and marketing, but all signs are pointing to Adidas … with Under Armour being the dark horse candidate.
[Update 4/28: Debbie Yow confirmed at the Charlotte Wolfpack Club Caravan on April 27th that we will be going to STATE across all our team’s jerseys. She said people will know it’s NC State. This Adidas ad depicts the new uniforms so I’m not sure if Debbie’s comments mean that WOLFPACK will be replaced with STATE or that STATE will be on the away unis. Hopefully an official uni unveiling will be coming soon.]
[Update 4/29: Another version of the Adidas ad has surfaced. (see below)]