I am saddened to announce that what many of us feared is coming true: the black jerseys will return for Mississippi State this season. This graphic was posted by user bri1275 on the CCSLC and was also tweeted out by user @clintau24. It shows all of the Adidas teams' standard uniforms for the 2015 season, including Maroon, White, and Black DWS 100 unis for Mississippi State. The unis lack shoulder numbers, but I'm assuming that's a mistake. When the white DWS 100 unis were first announced, they also lacked shoulder numbers, but Scott Stricklin was quick to assure that they would in fact be included. I'm assuming that the same thing is happening here.
Earlier this week, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork went on statewide Head to Head Radio and discussed things such as financials and uniforms. In addition to confirming that the Powder Blues would be back, Bjork shared that Ole Miss was looking to nearly double its current $2.05m deal with Nike. The fact that Adidas pays MSU more than Nike pays Ole Miss was a major argument I used in this article, so of course I was intrigued by this. Yesterday, Head to Head did a similar, albeit recorded, interview with Mississippi State AD Scott Stricklin. Unfortunately, that interview was not as interesting and no unknown information was revealed from it. However, curious as to a couple of topics, I shot a couple of tweets at Scott and he was nice enough to respond:
One of the great offseason debates among Mississippi State fans that has popped up in recent years is one of the official uniform supplier. Many clamor for the old slanted "MSU" logo and the dignity of being a Swoosh school. Others assert that Adidas is the best thing for State.
When Jackie Sherrill was replaced by Sylvester Croom in 2004, Mississippi State AD Larry Templeton left longtime supplier Nike behind in favor of Russell Athletic. This move meant that the slanted "MSU" logo could no longer be used on the helmet, because Nike owned it, as explained here. 5 years later, Croom was fired and Dan Mullen was hired. New AD Greg Byrne took this opportunity to completely rebrand the athletic department, introducing new logos, workmark, font, and supplier in Adidas. Adidas's tenure has been filled with alternate uniforms, TechFit jerseys, and controversial bats and profane shirts for the baseball program. Some of these controversial events have caused many to call for MSU to ditch Adidas and go back to Nike. Here's why we shouldn't, and won't, do that:
In its 4th year of uni tracking, the MSU Uni Tracker has officially joined Twitter!!! This is something that I have always thought would be a good idea, and so far it has been. Twitter provides a new way for fans to find the uni tracker and engage with it.
One of the early things that the Twitter account has accounted for is more comments from fans. Several have mentioned their approval or disapproval of certain uniforms and have given ideas for future uniforms or uniform concepts. Those ideas have inspired the following concept unis: a dark gray DWS 100, a gold DWS 100, a light gray DWS 100, and a light gray Nike "What If".
I'm looking forward to all of the advantages Twitter will bring to the uni tracking experience come this fall. You can follow the account at @hailstateunis