Michigan football's game against Notre Dame next season is set to make history by being the first night game ever at Michigan Stadium. It will be quite the night at the Big House, and just as both teams are planning on making history, they also are planning on honoring their history by wearing throwback uniforms. Last season, both teams had sideline apparel that included the flag of the United States in the logos since the game was played on Sept. 11. This year, adidas, which outfits both teams, is planning on going the throwback route.â†µ
An official announcement isn't going to be made until a later date since the uniforms aren't final yet, but Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly let the cat out of the bag on what Michigan's uniforms will look like today.â†µ
"But yeah, we're going to have throwback uniforms. As they will. I can tell you what theirs look like: They have a block 'M' on them, and a number, and a number on their helmet. How's that? The adidas people at Michigan are going to be (ticked) at me."â†µ
I can't speak for the adidas people, but Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon certainly didn't seem happy that Kelly spoiled the surprise.â†µ
"I can't say anything other than we've been working on this quite some time, but it's not finalized," Brandon said. "When we have something to show, we'll show it. Brian Kelly went out on his own little messaging deal there and good for Brian Kelly.â†µ
Based on the description Kelly gave, some folks on mgoblog narrowed down the year of the jersey that is being honored to 1968. That year Michigan had numbers on its helmets and the block 'M' logo on the shoulders of its jerseys. The uniforms really don't look too much different from the current ones, so the change won't be that drastic. It will still be a bit strange seeing a home uniform that is even slightly different, but it won't be a huge difference.