The Iowa women’s basketball team wants Fran McCaffery’s son Patrick, 14, to know they’re thinking of him during his tough time. So, the Hawkeyes affixed “Team Pat” stickers to their flashy gold shoes for Sunday night’s NCAA tourney opener to support the younger McCaffery, who had a thyroid tumor removed last week that was malignant.
If you haven’t heard, Nike is in the process of rebranding Illinois’ athletic uniforms. The new designs will be unveiled April 16 and worn during the 2014 academic year. IlliniProductionsHD, Illinois’ YouTube channel, recently posted a video of Nike Creative Director Todd Van Horn and Illinois AD Mike Thomas talking about the new designs.
Wisconsin fans will appreciate a shirt for sale at a store across from the University Book Store. It’s a simple red shirt with “#KARMA” across the chest, an obvious dig at former coach Bret Bielema’s wife, Jen Bielema. Jen famously tweeted “#karma” after the Badgers lost early last season at Arizona State, the controversial game in which the officials let time expire on Wisconsin’s final drive in enemy territory.
It will be an official member of the Big Ten on July 1, so it only makes sense that Maryland would put the B1G patch on its football jersey for the team’s 2014 photo shoot. See what the patch looks like on Maryland’s new all-red Pride 2.0 uniform in this post.
The Big Ten tournament will feature a few new uniforms, thanks to adidas outfitting Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin with special “Made in March” alternates. The uniforms were designed to pay tribute to the unique history of the schools and, according to the official release, “provide the teams with the most advanced uniform system and basketball apparel technology so they can take on the challenges and intense play of March.”
Alternate uniforms are one of the biggest fads throughout today’s college football world. Athletic apparel powerhouses such as Nike, Adidas and Under Armour have created plenty of loud, eye-popping jerseys over the past several years. As impressive as some of those jersey designs have been, Dettrick Maddox, a design star who goes by @MrDesignJunky on Twitter, is raising the bar with some of his recent alternate uniform design concepts.
Nebraska has unveiled a new cream throwback uniform for Saturday’s Legends Weekend game vs. Northwestern. The uniform, designed by adidas, will honor Nebraska’s 1911-12 team, which went 14-1 and won the Missouri Valley Conference. See a photo of the uniform in this post.
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Northwestern men’s basketball players have their Twitter handles printed on the back of their shooting shirts for Saturday night’s game vs. Indiana. The Wildcats did the same thing last year – in addition to putting hashtags all over Welsh-Ryan Arena – for their Social Media Night.
Remember when Ohio State’s new Nike alternate uniform was supposed to have a gray jersey and scarlet shorts (see tweet below)? Luckily, the Buckeyes opted not to go with the design that Nike first offered vs. Michgian, and instead donned an all-gray look. Syracuse, however, had no problem with the multi-colored design.
Michigan State opened the month in its new Nike “Hyper Elite Dominance” uniform, and it’s Ohio State’s turn Tuesday night. The Buckeyes saved their new design, which Nike created to draw on past successes for motivation, for bitter rival Michigan. If you remember, Ohio State wore this Nike alternate last season at Michigan.
President Obama left East Lansing with another jersey to add to his already one-of-a-kind collection. It’s a special one, too, as it includes the 100th Rose Bowl Game patch Michigan State wore in its Rose Bowl victory over Stanford. @SpartanFB_eq, the equipment staff’s official Twitter handle, tweeted a picture of the personalized home jersey. See the tweet in this post.
Indiana unveiled a half-dozen new helmets last offseason. Could the Hoosiers add even more lids this offseason? A picture of four new helmets was shared on social media recently, and the team neither confirmed nor denied the new designs when asked about them. Here’s what an Indiana spokesperson emailed BTN.com: “We haven’t announced anything official.”
Nike is unveiling a new basketball uniform design, and like last year when it introduced those (awful) logo-centric uniforms, Michigan State and Ohio State have been selected to wear the new threads. Don’t worry, these new “Hyper Elite Dominance” uniforms are far better than their predecessor. See the uniforms in this post.
What does every Big Ten pet need? A Big Ten Stadium Bed, of course! Luckily, Stadium Cribs has made such a thing possible – at least for Minnesota, Nebraska and Penn State fans. Now, “Goldy,” “Herbie” and “Nittany” can enjoy all the action from their cozy team-themed bed. See an example of the beds in this post.
In case you haven’t noticed by your Big Ten coach’s attire, it’s Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers™ Awareness Weekend. All weekend long, coaches from all over the country are wearing sneakers with their suits to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. See pictures of Big Ten coaches rocking the look in this post.
In an effort to raise awareness of the fight against cancer, college basketball coaches across the country are wearing sneakers with their suits this weekend. But from the looks of it, Purdue players are taking it to a whole new level.
Michigan State basketball is going with a special throwback uniform for Saturday night’s huge tussle with rival Michigan at the Breslin Center. The Spartans will wear their “State” script design from 1979, the year Magic Johnson and Michigan State won the national title.
Rutgers has played its final football game as a member of the American Athletic Conference. Starting this fall, it will be all Big Ten for the Scarlet Knights, who officially join the conference July 1. Seven-plus months away from its Big Ten football debut, Rutgers sure seems excited about the move. Check out the recent makeover the turf at High Point Solutions Stadium received.
It’s going to be cold for Friday night’s Hockey City Classic between Ohio State and Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium (9 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go). In fact, according to weather.com, 11 degrees is the high for Minneapolis on Friday. That’s cold. And to help students combat the frigid conditions, the team will hand out one of the better giveaways we’ve seen in some time. See it in this post.
Before the 2013-14 season, Northwestern told BTN.com the basketball team expected to debut an alternate uniform during Big Ten play. On Friday, the Wildcats released a new Under Armour “By The Player” uniform that they will wear Sunday vs. Illinois. And, let’s just say, the design is head-turning. See pictures of it in this post.
“Rise to the Occasion.” That slogan was featured prominently on Michigan’s Adidas warmup shirts during last year’s memorable NCAA basketball tournament run.
Northwestern freshman Aaron Liberman received his first action in a Big Ten game in Sunday’s 74-51 defeat at Michigan. By getting on the court, Liberman became the first player to wear a yarmulke in a Big Ten basketball game. In fact, according to this story, he’s only the second Division I player ever to do so.
As it did vs. Penn State and Wisconsin this season, Ohio State will wear its home Nike “Rivalry” uniform in the Orange Bowl. The Buckeyes, who also wore an away “Rivalry” uniform at Michigan, will play Clemson on Jan. 3. Both team will have the official Orange Bowl patch on their jersey, too.
With the year quickly coming to a close, I decided to take a look at the new basketball and football uniform designs that debuted in 2013. Don’t worry, 2014 is certain to include just as many, if not more, new designs. Actually, I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. Either way, enjoy the look back.