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Hoops fans to see red: KU plans new gear

September 4, 2003


Kansas University's basketball players will wear white jerseys at home and blue jerseys on the road again this season.

But on occasion they will wear red -- yes, red -- last seen as a primary color on KU hoops jerseys at the 1986 Final Four in Dallas.

Kansas coach Bill Self reported Wednesday the Jayhawks would have a third uniform, with red as the primary color, this season.

"We are definitely adding a third uniform if they can get them done. It's pretty close to the wire but I think (Nike) can get it done," Self said. "I think back in '85 or '86 we wore 'em once or twice."

The last time KU wore red jerseys was during Larry Brown's tenure against Duke at the 1986 Final Four when the players came out in crew cuts and red throwback jerseys for their semifinal game.

Self worked on Brown's staff that season.

"Our players wanted it," Self said. "They'd been trying to convince the coaching staff to have red ones the past several years. When I got the job I said I'd check and see if they could pull it off in time."

Self said the red uniforms would be "special occasion" uniforms.

"We'll be blue and white. This red one could be used a couple times a year, home or away," Self said. "A lot of schools have three (uniforms). Like at Illinois we also had orange."

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