Longtime readers of this website know that this particular writer wants more colleges to play one another while wearing their actual school colors. Meaning: Dump the white unis whenever possible.
A product of the black-and-white TV era, most schools continue to play by outdated rules… home football team wears the dark jersey, road football team wears the white jersey. That’s reversed come basketball season, for some reason.
Well, the NCAA recently changed the rule allowing schools to wear their home unis against one another if they both agreed to do so. Southern Cal and UCLA were the first to push the notion and they should be saluted for it.
Now the Chick-fil-A Kickoff officials are getting with the program, too. According to the official website for this weekend’s games, Tennessee will wear its orange jerseys and NC State its red jerseys when the two teams meet tomorrow night in Atlanta. On Saturday, Auburn will wear its blue jerseys and Clemson it’s orange jerseys.
Amen, hallelujah! This is how college football looked for its first 50-60 years of existence.
Via statement, the president of the Chick-fil-A games, Gary Stokan, says this will be a new tradition for the Georgia Dome events:
“This new tradition is going to create an even more electric atmosphere at a venue already known for being one of the loudest and craziest in college football. It’s going to give both games a really unique look, and we know the fans will get behind this, to help create a great visual effect both in person and on TV.”
The website tips a hat to HD television for helping to make this switch possible:
“The general rule of one team wearing a dark-colored jersey and the other wearing mostly white is in part due to the early days of black and white television when you needed the added contrast to tell one team from the other on the screen. Today’s high-definition televisions with ultra-crisp pictures essentially take that away as long as there is enough difference in the colors of the jerseys. The dark and light uniform combinations have been adopted by nearly every sport and have been the norm for generations.
But on Friday and Saturday, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game will break that rule.”
Oh, you can disagree with the politics of the game’s title sponsor. Heck, you might not like the pickle on Chick-fil-A’s sandwiches, either. But only a true fuddy-duddy would disapprove of teams returning to the days of school color versus school color.
Nice move, Mr. Stokan. Hopefully your groups is starting a trend.
That’s not to say schools shouldn’t be allowed to make a choice when it comes to wearing white or not. (We at MrSEC.com are very pro-choice on uniforms.) Some schools have come to like their “road” looks. And now that schools enjoy selling 40 different jerseys to their fans for the extra revenue — call it the Oregon Factor — there’s a financial reason to keep the whites around, too. But for those schools that want to wear their dark unis every week, we’d sure support ‘em.
In fact, if the SEC needs another way to grab just a few more ratings each week, maybe Mike Slive can convince his league’s presidents to become the first conference in the country to encourage darks versus darks whenever possible.