We’re kicking off college hoops with a throwback to a throwback.
Last month, we got a preview of the new 2014-15 adidas basketball uniforms for the University of Kansas Jayhawks. In addition to those home and away jerseys, the fifth-ranked team will also have two alternate throwback uniforms, which debuted last season.
The cream-colored “chalk” uniform is simple and clean, with a blue “Jayhawks” in script on the front and the 1946 version of the mascot on the shorts.
The grey “Phog” uniform is a throwback to the 1988 championship team led by coach Larry Brown. White circus font lettering trimmed in red displays the Kansas name on the front and a “K” on the shorts.
Both uniforms also feature pinstripes that read:
“Pay Heed. The game you love began here. Respect those who came before you. Make their legacy your own. Because destiny favors the dedicated. And rings don't replace work. In this game you don't get what you want. You get what you earn. We are Kansas. Together we rise. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!”
While other schools go for flashy, Kansas keeps it classy. Their uniforms not only throw back to cool-looking jerseys, but also pay homage to the history and tradition of the oldest college basketball program, founded by the father of basketball, James Naismith.
The Jayhawks play their first game tomorrow at home against UC Santa Barbara. Here’s to another great season in their storied program. And may they never fall victim to any of adidas’ atrocities.