OK people. Here's the news. Nike issued a press release this week that said the following:
BEAVERTON, Ore. (August 17, 2010) - Ten of the top college football programs have been selected to wear uniquely designed Nike uniforms for at least one game during the 2010 season the company announced today.
The University of Alabama, Boise State University, University of Florida, University of Miami (FL), The Ohio State University, Oregon State University, University of Pittsburgh, Texas Christian University, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University will wear the innovative designs for a minimum of one game on their schedules. The dates of those games will be announced at the unveiling of the uniforms Sept. 1 in New York.
The Nike Pro Combat System of Dress uniforms the schools will wear are engineered to provide superior protection and durability, while utilizing advanced fabrics and tooling that reduce weight. Nike worked diligently with each university to bring relevant elements of the school's rich heritage into the futuristic elite fit uniform designs.
The collaborations with the universities produced the highly customized uniforms that will be revealed just days prior to the start of the 2010 college football season.
So, yes, this is going to happen. Chase Goodbread at TideSports has a report this morning using an anonymous source in the UA athletics department offering a few more details. The key part you need to be aware of is the penultimate graph:
In May, Alabama reached a seven-year extension on its contract with the equipment and apparel giant through 2018 with a projected value of up to $30 million. Alabama’s use of the Pro Combat uniform for a 2010 game was a part of that agreement, but the university maintained a right of approval on style changes.
Now here's the deal. There are no authentic photos of the proposed uniforms floating about and there is no confirmation on which game Alabama will wear them. Until Sept. 1 it's all speculation. So, there ain't no reason to start another damned thread in the fanshots and/or fanposts to bitch about it. From here on out, if you got something to say about this, do so below.