Friday, October 23, 2009
However, the North Carolina Tar Heels went on national television Thursday night wearing dark blue uniforms that, besides being ugly, hid what is arguably the most recognizable color in college athletics.
There is a reason North Carolina merchandise is annually among the best-selling college apparel in the country and it's not because the football team wears navy. Most of it is because of the basketball team but it's also because Carolina blue is distinctive.
Admittedly, there's not a great football tradition at North Carolina unless you're measuring success by seven and eight-win seasons. But if you're trying to build something, be who you are. You're North Carolina. Wear Carolina blue.
I know wearing alternative uniforms boosts sales and it probably makes Nike happy. The players like it, I've been told. The head coach isn't fond of Carolina blue, either, I've heard.
If you want to wear dark blue, go to Virginia.
The Masters isn't going to award an orange jacket next year. The Kentucky Derby isn't going to lay a blanket of mums on the winner next spring. Duke isn't going to start wearing light blue.
But North Carolina now wears navy blue. That's for the blazers the frat boys wear to games.
-- Ron Green Jr.
Posted by Observer Sports at 8:45 AM