Maryland learns lesson in fashion

by Travis Normand

It was around this same time a year ago that the Maryland football program unveiled its new uniforms for the 2011 season.  The new design was met with an array of opinions and comments, including one titled “Maryland’s Uniforms Are Ugliest in College Football, Hands Down.” [LarryBrownSports.com]

So, how would Maryland respond to the criticism of its new uniform design?  Well, without totally abandoning the overall concept of the 2011 design, the Terps have a new 2012 uniform that is not quite as obnoxious as its 2011 counterpart.

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Notre Dame’s Game Ball for Dublin

by Travis Normand

As you are probably aware by now, Notre Dame will play it’s first game of the 2012 season on September 1 against Navy in Dublin Ireland.  Earlier today (August 6, 2012) a member of the Notre Dame football equipment staff tweeted this message and photo:

@NDFBEquipment

“Here is our game ball for Ireland … just arrived!
pic.twitter.com/r7ukHaWd

Click HERE for larger sized photo.

SEC confuses Texas A&M with Mississippi State

by Travis Normand

Last week I hinted at the fact that Mississippi State’s new football uniform looked an awful lot like Texas A&M’s new uniform (both made by Adidas).

Mississippi State’s Athletics Director Scott Stricklin went on twitter to reassure everyone that despite the similarities of the uniforms, no one would have any trouble telling the two schools apart.

From @stricklinMSU (Scott Stricklin) – 26 July 2012

But I promise, no one will have trouble telling us apart at #DavisWade on Nov. 3.  #SnowBowl12

Stricklin apparently spoke too soon, as someone at SECStore.com has already confused the two.  The online retailer has already fixed the problem, but was recently selling the Texas A&M Coaches Sideline Performance Hat with an A&M logo on the front and the phrase “Bulldogs Football” on the back.

The hat’s description read as follows [emphasis added]:

Do it in official Aggies style with the 2012 Coaches Sideline flex hat from Adidas. Featuring an embroidered school wordmark on the crown, embroidered “Bulldogs Football” lettering at the back and ClimaLITE fabric that conducts heat and sweat away from the body to keep you comfortable on warm game days, this cap will ensure that you’re dry and cool while you strategize about TAMU’s next move.

[H/T: Barrett Sallee, SEC Lead Blogger at BleacherReport.com]

Mississippi State: Deja vu all over again!

26 July 2012
by Travis Normand

Mississippi State unveiled its new Adidas football uniforms today and they look great.  They look so great, in fact, that it’s almost as if I have seen them somewhere before.

Do you really believe there is another team in the SEC with the same colors and design as Mississippi State’s?

Take a look at what Texas A&M unveiled a few weeks ago and decide for yourself.

*Note:  Mississippi State’s Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin [@stricklinMSU] “tweeted” this message on 26 July 2012 at 8:40 p.m.

From @stricklinMSU (Scott Stricklin)

“Re: A&M … 2 diff design teams.  Bu[t] when 2 schools have same colors & are both using latest fabrics, there are going to be similarities[.]”