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Vandy Unveils New Unis At Barnes & Noble

Vanderbilt’s new 2012 football uniforms have been unveiled and three things stand out:

 

1.  Vandy’s has incorporated a big black stripe on the shoulders of their gold jerseys, not unlike the jersey design of the crosstown Tennessee Titans.

2.  The Commodores will now have a white helmet (to go with their gold and black helmets).

3.  VU held their fashion store at a Barnes & Noble.  Not sure why I find that amusing, but it beats a chemistry lab.

 

More details on the new unis can be found right here.  (Did ya know that “Anchor Down” is stitched into the interior of each jersey neckline!?)

Video of the fashion show can be found here.

James Franklin says his players are happy with the new uniforms.  “Our players will tell you the gold jersey went from being the worst to being the best.”  Quarterback Jordan Rodgers said simply, “Look good, play good,” after descending down an escalator in VU’s new all-white uniform complete with the white helmet that was “hush-hush.”  At the unveiling, only the seniors knew about the white helmets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We wanted to save one more as a surprise for (the players),” Franklin said.  “We wanted our family, fans, the media, alumni and team to see them at the same time.”  While Franklin said Vandy will wear its traditional gold helmet on most occasions, his players seem to have a different new favorite look.

“My favorite is the white-black-white,” Rodgers said of the white helmet, black jersey, white pants combo.  “It’s awesome.”  Linebacker Tristan Strong agreed.  “Definitely the white-black-white.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Franklin also used the opportunity to share his tough talk message with Commodore fans:

 

“You guys saw last year, we’re not gonna take a backseat to anybody.  You come into Vanderbilt Stadium you better be ready for a fight…  Change is happening.  The culture has been changed.”

 

In the end, Vanderbilt becomes the latest school to feature umpteen mix-and-match uniform combinations.  While this writer isn’t big on gold jerseys for any school unless they’re extremely shiny — hey, my story, my opinion — there’s certainly nothing too off the wall with the new design.  They’re less a break from tradition than what we’ve already seen at Missouri and Arkansas this offseason.

Texas A&M will break out their new uniforms this afternoon.  Here’s hoping they’ll go the VU route and tweak… rather than overhaul.

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More Evidence That Arkansas Will Be Wearing New Football Duds This Fall

The University of Arkansas will be breaking out their third new uniform set since the arrival (and now departure) of Bobby Petrino five seasons ago.  After a fuzzy photo of three Razorback-ish unis hit the web last month, AD Jeff Long hinted that the school might be getting some new duds.

Yesterday, clearer photos of the uniforms — taken inside the team’s football facility, apparently — burned through the Razorback messageboards.  And yes, there will be a new black jersey thrown into the mix (shown at left).

I say this everytime a school unveils a black uniform: If everyone has a black uni, what’s special about it?

Ah, well, if Arkansas’ players respond the way Ohio’s players did last fall when they saw their own black unis (they went out and thumped Marshall after flat losing their minds — see the video below), then I guess that’s all that matters.

 

Ohio Football: Reaction to Black Jerseys

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SEC Headlines – 4/6/12 Part Two

1.  Florida is hoping for big things from cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy, the man wearing Tim Tebow’s old #15 jersey.  (I wonder if that jersey features an image of Tebow’s face, Shroud of Turin-style.)

2.  Georgia’s secondary is still mixin’ and matchin’ due to departures, dismissals and suspensions.

3.  Athlon Sports has named Joker Phillips one of the 10 worst college football coaches in America.

4.  If South Carolina trades Arkansas for Texas A&M, this writer thinks it would be good thing for the Gamecocks.

5.  Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney says Tyler Bray “seems a lot more mature and a lot more driven than he ever has.”  (He also likes his team’s depth behind Bray.)

6.  Vanderbilt basketball assistant David Cason is a finalist for the head coaching job at Eastern Illinois.

7.  Missouri is having to defend its academic policies after an ex-football player told Bob Costas’ new television show that he was “steered” toward an agriculture major.  (And you thought Mizzou wouldn’t fit in with the SEC.)

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2014 Receiver Kitt Visits Georgia

Sophomore wide receiver Demarre Kitt already has plenty of college options.

The standout from Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga., already has offers from schools such as Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Clemson.

Georgia fans are hoping Kitt will decide to stay home and play for the in-state Bulldogs. They’ll be even more hopeful after seeing his twitter post on Tuesday.

Kitt posted a photo of himself wearing a Georgia No. 8 jersey – the same jersey number he wears at Sandy Creek.

There’s a long way to go with Kitt’s recruitment, especially at such a high-profile school like Sandy Creek. But he can expect plenty of attention from Georgia’s coaching staff until he makes a final decision on his college plans. And it looks like Kitt’s enjoying it so far.

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Mike Davis Defends Himself In ‘Jersey-Gate’

It was kind of an odd story on Rivals.com on Monday.

The story by Tom Bergeron accused several players from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, of being upset about the jersey numbers they had received.

One player mentioned is running back Mike Davis from Stone Mountain, Ga. Bergeron wrote:

“Mike Davis of Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson made such a fuss about his assigned No. 16 that he was given a new number (14), making him the only player without his name on his jersey. But that didn’t help – neither was the No. 28 he wanted.”

Davis wasn’t quoted in the story and he understandably wasn’t happy about it.

Davis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he was never interviewed for the Rivals story and wasn’t upset about the number (16) he was given by bowl officials.

Davis said he asked a bowl official if he could have No. 28 because it wasn’t assigned to another player on the roster.

“I didn’t fuss about it,” Davis told the AJC. “I just asked him. I don’t know where they got where I was fussing about it. The reporter never talked to me about it. Go read the story – I’m not even quoted in it. It’s just not true.”

Davis said it’s also untrue that his jersey number will be a factor in his college decision. He told the AJC he hasn’t spoken to any college coach about a preferred jersey number.

“It wouldn’t be important at all,” Davis said. “The only thing I’m looking at is playing time and the place where I feel at home. Picking a college number isn’t something that’s serious to me.”

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UT Players Tweet That They Want Black Jerseys For Saturday

Two years ago this weekend, Lane Kiffin recorded the biggest victory of his one-year Tennessee coaching career with a resounding 31-13 thumping of #22 South Carolina.

He did so with the help of some black jerseys that seemed to fire up his team.  (Nevermind that nothing matched in the ghastly white helmet / black jersey / orange pants combination.)

Now a pair of Vols have tweeted their desire for another “black out” game, once again with Carolina heading to Knoxville.

Da’Rick Rogers:  “just a little something to spark the team when we need it the most … black jerseys for halloween!!”

Tyler Bray:  “Volnation needs to blackout Neyland stadium.  That would really show your support in this must win game.”

Da’Rick Rogers:  “I know yal want a black out! All black everything.  Ha and the orange power T.”

Apparently someone in the UT athletic department got to Bray because moments after that exchange, he tweeted the following:

“Just to clear things up we want our fans to wear black.”

Uh, that’s not what Rogers said.  In fact, Rogers’ initial tweet could be taken as news that the team has already been told they’ll be outfitted in black.

As we said yesterday regarding Kentucky’s new black unis… if everyone wears special black duds, what’s really special about wearing that color?

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LSU To Wear Pro Combat Uniforms Against AU

We all know that Nike has a tendency to go a little overboard when it comes to the company’s Pro Combat football uniforms.  Okay.  A lot overboard.

Thankfully, LSU won’t be going full Power Ranger as Georgia did earlier this year.

When the Tigers take on Auburn Saturday, they’ll be outfitted in an all-white number that actually looks pretty snazzy.  There’s a white helmet, white jersey and white pants in the combo.  All mesh with the Tigers’ current designs and logos.

The only downside?  Tiger stripes inside the purple numerals on the jersey.

But hey, when some teams are sporting looks befitting a comic book villain, small tiger stripes aren’t so bad.

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SEC Headlines 8/20/2011

1. AP Top 25 Poll.  Oklahoma No. 1, Alabama No. 2, LSU No. 4, South Carolina No. 12, Arkansas No. 15, Georgia No. 19, Mississippi State No. 20, Florida No. 22, Auburn No. 23. Entire list here.

2. The latest on an investigation into a fight allegedly involving “15-20″ LSU players. More here.

3. LSU’s first-game opponent – Oregon – is dealing with some off-field issues as well.

4. Tigers cornerback Tyrann Mathieu forced the most fumbles of any SEC player last year and now sports Patrick Peterson’s #7 jersey.

5. The Tigers have a trio of offensive guards that are at the heart of a strong offensive line.

6. Ole Miss braces for a possible lawsuit from an ex-assistant coach over violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

7. A south suite at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium will set you back $100,000 plus a $45,000 yearly donation starting in 2015.

8. His college career has taken him from Wake Forest to West Virginia to Eastern Kentucky to Fullerton Community College and now to Ole Miss.  Defensive tackle Uriah Grant says he finally feels at home.

9. Learning from the tragedy at Notre Dame, Florida pays $675,000 for six permanent steel towers.

10. Florida’s John Brantley is a starting quarterback, a senior and a vocal leader. Wide receiver Deonte Thompson: ” (H)is confidence is just higher.”

11, Frankie Hammond, Jr. should be one of Brantley’s top targets.

12. The Iron Bowl rivalry: “It didn’t start with the trees.”

13. Auburn freshman quarterback Kiehl Frazier on naming Barrett Trotter as the starter: “(D)idn’t change anything for me.”

14. Trotter on Frazier: “I know he’s really disappointed.”

15, Alabama’s second and final dress rehearsal at Bryant-Denny stadium is this afternoon.  Don’t expect an answer on a starting quarterback.

16, Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton teaches the playbook to his backups.

17, South Carolina defensive tackle Aldrick Fordham is undersized but smart. A preview of the Gamecocks.

18. Vanderbilt cancels practice and goes bowling.

19. Mississippi State is still sorting out the depth chart.

20. Some position switching and jersey swapping for Tennessee. Were down to three healthy wide receivers.

21. The banged up Vols will scrimmage this afternoon. Malik Jackson says he feels 100%.

22.  John Adams:  ”UT’s problem with the NCAA was nothing more than bad timing.”

23. Georgia welcomes Isaiah Crowell back to practice, John Jenkins goes down with a hamstring pull and Rantavious Wooten looks to impress at wide receiver. Wide receiver Marlon Brown is drawing rave reviews.

24, The Bulldogs opening game uniforms are set to be revealed. Here’s a sneak peek. More here.

25. South Carolina quarterback coach G.A. Mangus pays $470 to settle the public nuisance charge that got him suspended.

26, Jon Solomon on the Miami scandal:  (T)his is a good time to bring in more outsiders.

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Bama Still Waiting For Word On WR Carter

Still waiting.

That’s the situation in Tuscaloosa where transfer wide receiver Duron Carter has been held out of a full week of practice while Alabama officials await final approval of the player’s junior college transcript. 

Carter — who began his career at Ohio State before transferring to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas — is expected to have a major impact for the Tide.  In fact, he’s likely to wear the #8 jersey worn by Julio Jones last year.  (He can probably run over to T-Town Menswear to pick one up.)

Carter’s father is former NFL great Cris Carter.

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More Photos In Bama Case; WR Jones In Al Betar’s Office

This morning we linked you to the latest T-Town Menswear photo dump from SportsByBrooks.com.  That site’s photos of Julio Jones — then an Alabama player — signing a jersey (with a stack of other jerseys nearby) has led OutkickTheCoverage.com to release a few more photos, too.

It seems someone took photos of Jones in Tom Al Betar’s office at T-Town Menswear.  One shows Jones with a college-age girl on his lap and Al Betar smiling happily to his left.  (Al Betar’s name has been spelled Albetar, Al-Betar and Al Betar on various sites… we’re going with the latter.)

Is it against NCAA rules for a player to be in the office of a business owner?  No.  But we all know how this looks.  After all, Al Betar was later disassociated from the Crimson Tide program for some reason.  So here was a Tide star sitting in the office of a man who would eventually be barred from UA’s program.

Go ahead and add this to the pile of circumstantial evidence that’s already leading to a Bama conviction in the court of public opinion. 

Meanwhile, we await the next photos to appear in three… two… one…

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