So, the NCAA decided blue uniforms on a blue field is OK after all. Go figure.
The Boise State football team will once again be allowed to wear blue uniforms on the blue smurf turf. As will the Eastern Washington football team (red on red), and presumably the Oregon Ducks (green on green – well maybe that pushing it a bit). I’m not so certain the team will really relish the idea – seeing how they really seem to prefer the black unis – but the point is the restriction has been officially lifted.
The funny part of the whole debacle is the role the Mountain West Conference played in all of this. After all, they put the original restriction in place (for in-conference games) when Boise State joined the conference, and did not remove the regulation from the conference rule book until Boise negotiated a return to the conference. However, when the NCAA threatened to ban “color on color”, the MWC went to bat for Boise, and argued that we should be allowed to keep the blue on blue. How funny is that – the “evil” conference came to the rescue! As Sally Field might say, “They like us! They really like us!”
Personally, I’d love to see the blue on blue go away. It’s just personal preference. I like more contrast. So, white or orange (although not the “creamsicle” orange we had last year) seems best. Even the new gray jerseys are OK. The players seem to like the black, and I have to admit it looks pretty mean and tough, but in reality gray and black are not really a school color. At least not yet. So we should probably stick to white and orange.
The other ruling from the NCAA regarding uniforms that affects us – the numbers on the unis will have to be larger and of a highly contrasting color. This is good for these old eyes. I could hardly read the numbers on the gray jerseys we have. Wish they could do the same for the names.
- Boise State’s blue jerseys are back! And other NCAA rules news(boiselocalreviews.com)
- MWC defends Boise State’s home blue uniforms(college-football.si.com)