Glass: Alternate jerseys are ‘highly unlikely’

121312auThere has been some speculation in recent weeks that a number of college programs, including Indiana, may occasionally wear alternate jerseys with sleeves provided by Adidas. The NBA’s Golden State Warriors will be the first to wear the new uniforms in their Feb. 22 game against the San Antonio Spurs.

But while Indiana Athletics Director Fred Glass admitted the school had been approached by Adidas about the jerseys, he said it is “highly unlikely” the Hoosiers will ever wear any form of an alternate uniform.

“What they like to do is make opportunities available to wear different kinds of uniforms,” Glass told Inside the Hall, “and we’ve had multiple opportunities to wear alternative uniforms, and we’ve respectfully passed on that. … I would never say never, but I think it’s highly unlikely that we’ll be doing that.”

A number of college and pro teams are trying the new jerseys out. We’ve seen schools such as Michigan State and Ohio State wear alternate uniforms in recent weeks.

So why not Indiana?

“The IU men’s basketball uniform is iconic,” Glass said. “I have a poster on my wall that is kind of like a fake group photo of all the All Americans that we’ve had in basketball, and the jerseys, whether its from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s or 2000s, pretty much look the same.”

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  • outlawyer

    No progress for adidas, but certainly IU could move some product if the AD puts that composite photograph on sale. And, with our resurgence, there might be a perpetual market because we’re going to be adding frequently to the All-Americans wearing the candy stripe warm ups!

  • http://twitter.com/SonofSouthernIN SonofSouthernIN

    I’ve always thought a realistic alternative jersey for IU could simply read “Hoosiers” instead of “Indiana” on the front. It’s subtle, but still would generate a lot of buzz (recruits) without upsetting the hard-core traditionalists (too much). Fred, are you getting this?

  • marcusgresham

    I agree that the main jerseys will never change, but I could handle an alternate jersey if it was done well.

  • marcusgresham

    It feels like the current uniforms have been around forever, but really, they haven’t. Several of us remember the “short-shorts” of the 70s and 80s, but there were times when the shorts were longer than they are even today. Check this out.

    http://www2.indystar.com/images/graphics/standing/iu/iu_db/index.php?template=interactive&xt=10&xd=1905

  • IUMIKE1

    This is where having CTC and him having the guidelines that he goes by, when recruiting, comes into play and for the most part negates that kind of thing. If a kid is the kind that is going to let a uni reconfiguration, even a temporary one, be the deciding factor in whether or not he signs with us, something tells me that that kid isn’t going to be one that Crean is after anyway. I think Crean is that good at assessing players. At the same time I don’t think CTC would let any kind of change up be in bad taste or be done at all without careful consideration. If it happens and it helps in the recruitment than it falls into the plus column. I guess I just look at it like, if done right, it is yet another, in a long line of, reasons that make the student-athlete experience a very desirable one.

  • CLBS

    I like what OSU did by just staining the floor slightly darker. Assembly Hall should do that.

  • Brady Adams

    DO NOT CHANGE IU’S JERSEYS !!!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Heard this last week. Thankfully we have seen the light.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I don’t like it either, but I would slightly prefer it more it if it was outlined in white like Indiana is at both ends of the court.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Black? Yuck. We are not Louisville. Cream and Crimson are our colors. Yes our uniforms are iconic.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    i would like to see the Colts go to a white face mask. No other changes.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Stop trying to be like everyone else. Stay true to what you are.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Stop trying to be like everyone else. Stay true to what you are.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Staying true to yourself and not giving in to “trends” is strong. Far from weak. When you have something “timeless” you don’t need to move on.

  • A2JD

    I wish Michigan hadn’t hired an AD that will try any marketing trick to make a buck. Kudos to Fred Glass.

  • For The Glory Of Old IU

    Alternative jerseys?…really? Anyone care to remember this unmitigated disaster:

  • Geoff_85

    Absolutely hideous. Horrific. Fugly. The only thing good about those is that Antwaan Randel El donned them.

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