Yes, you read the title correctly. The Pennsylvania State University football team will have a different look when it takes the field September 3rd against Indiana State.
Don’t panic, Nittany Lion fans. Our football team, rich in tradition and storied history, won’t look too much different. The uniforms will still be solid blue for home games and solid white for away games, but now they will be even more so. The trim on the jersey collar and sleeves will be taken away.
We’ll now see a completely blue shirt (minus the numbers) when we travel to Beaver Stadium in a few weeks.
I, along with every Penn Stater I’ve conversed with, don’t really approve of the change. Why change the best uniforms in college football? Why change these jerseys which are essentially as legendary as head coach Joe Paterno himself? Just… why?
After some digging, I seem to have found the reasoning behind the change. According to the Centre Daily Times’ Jeff Rice:
The reason Penn State hadn’t returned to the single-toned, old-school look earlier was because Nike couldn’t match the color of the cuff material to the color of the jerseys. Recently, though, Nike has again switched materials, and the newer version doesn’t tear as easily.
Eh. While it’ll surely be hard at first to get used to a literally solid jersey – almost reminds me of Notre Dame… gross – I believe these changes will eventually be welcomed by the Blue & White faithful.