After months of speculation and my Twitter feed lighting up, I checked out the new glut of Terps uniforms. In general, I’m a fan. There are certainly a lot of combinations, and some of them I hope never hit the field (i.e. Gold on Gold). I really like the all black helmet and I think just about any combination of the red, white and black jerseys and pants will look good.
The bigger picture here is that Under Armour is investing heavily into the Terps. Given the Plank connection this is no surprise, but it can only be treated as a positive on the recruiting trails. While UA may not have the cache UMD hoped for in hoops just yet, the brand resonates in football. From last year’s Auburn team winning the title – beating Phil Knight’s swooshed outfits in the process – to the promotional signing of Tom Brady, Under Armour is a serious presence on the gridiron.
I’ve heard some of the negative reviews on the new unis, and I can understand the response. Before anybody gets too caught up in all the different colors, remember all four are prominently featured on the state flag. To me the takeaway is that 18-year-olds think the new uniforms are cool, and those are the kids we need to play football at UMD. If old dudes are remiss about the loss of Terps on the helmet or don’t like all of the different options, too bad.