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KU to wear alternate adidas camo uniforms in Big 12 tournament

February 28, 2013

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The adidas custom impact camo uniforms that the Kansas men's basketball team could wear at least one game during the Big 12 tournament in March 2013.

The adidas custom impact camo uniforms that the Kansas men's basketball team could wear at least one game during the Big 12 tournament in March 2013.

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I think they look pretty ridiculous. They don’t look like sports uniforms. They are camo. Who are we trying to hide from?

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Kansas University adidas camo alternate jersey uniform tops.

Kansas University adidas camo alternate jersey uniform tops.

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Kansas University adidas alternate uniform camo white shorts.

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The Kansas men's basketball team will be wearing alternate camo uniforms from adidas for at least one game in this year's Big 12 tournament, KU coach Bill Self confirmed during a weekly press conference Thursday.

Photos of the uniforms, which include a blue-and-white camouflage pattern on the shorts, were released on adidashoops' Twitter account Thursday.

"We agreed with adidas several months ago to sport that uniform as part of their marketing campaign in the Big 12 tournament," Self said. "Now, how much we wear them in the Big 12 tournament will probably depend on how we play in them or whatever. But we will sport them in the Big 12 tournament at some point in time."

KU officials said that no money was involved in the Jayhawks' decision to wear the uniforms.

"Sometimes, you've got to be a team player, and adidas has certainly been good to us, there's no question," Self said. "And this is something that was important to them, that they are able to market it with some other schools that they feel that can help them in this area. Certainly, we're going to do that to try to help them, but it's not going to go any further past the Big 12 tournament."

Self was non-committal on whether KU would wear the uniforms for more than one game in the Big 12 tourney.

Of wearing the alternate jerseys for a game or two, he said, "I don't think it's that big of a deal in the Big 12 tournament."

"As everyone here knows, Kansas tradition and history should be what is promoted in our look, and we've done that for years," Self said. "But this is the one game or whatever that we will make that exception for adidas."

When asked what he thought of the uniforms, Self said he hadn't seen them in a while, but that he didn't think as much of them as the typical home white jerseys that the Jayhawks would wear as a higher-ranked team in the Big 12 tournament.

KU's players had mixed reaction to the alternate uniforms.

"I don't think too much of ‘em. They are jerseys at the end of the day. You can't go out there with no clothes on," KU senior guard Elijah Johnson said with a smile. "That’s all that really is. When Coach says, 'Put 'em on and go play,' we’ll put em on and go play, whether it’s a practice jersey, a new jersey or old jersey. It’s about the game and not how we look out there."

Added KU senior Travis Releford: "I've seen a few pictures of them. I think they're all right."

A petition started by KU fans on the White House's website to not allow the uniforms was removed Thursday afternoon for violating "Terms of Participation."

Comments

MarcoPogo 2 years, 3 months ago

If we get to the Sweet 16, break out the Hypercolor shirts.

mom_of_three 2 years, 3 months ago

I think these are pretty hideous. The blue uniform looks like pajamas...or garanimals.

Greg Cooper 2 years, 3 months ago

By the way, can not Caucasian players wear these abominations?

MISTERTibbs 2 years, 3 months ago

I agree that these things are ugly, but it could be worse. At least we aren't stuck wearing the uniforms of the Notre Dame Fighting Lime Sherberts.

CHEEZIT 2 years, 3 months ago

Clearly they didn't consult student athletes when they designed these. As a recruit I think it would be cool to see different uni's from the norm but not these!!! Did they get permission to put "Beware the Phog" on them???

John Spencer 2 years, 3 months ago

That would be great to emblazon the back with "Beware the Phog"

ksjayhawk74 2 years, 3 months ago

Vomit. Did they buy those shorts from Wal-Mart in the early 90s?

Maracas 2 years, 3 months ago

Leave it Adidas to come up with this new idea called Zubaz. We can't get to Nike fast enough.

colreader 2 years, 3 months ago

Why doesn't the name "adidas" begin with a capital A?

Julie Craig 2 years, 3 months ago

I agree that they look like little kids pjs

Russell Fryberger 2 years, 3 months ago

But Adidas will makes lots of money either way.

jj14 2 years, 3 months ago

YUCK! THESE LOOK LIKE CHILDREN'S PAJAMAS!! IS THIS A JOKE?

Clint Poteete 2 years, 3 months ago

Please phone the KU Basketball Offices at 785-864-3056 to register your disgust. Call often.

Jeremiah Jefferson 2 years, 3 months ago

Now all they need is some Bel Biv Devoe Hair Cuts

fearthephog512 2 years, 3 months ago

Well, at least the white don't look as terrible. The blue shorts are reminiscent of some scrubs' pattern.

mom_of_three 2 years, 3 months ago

The pants would look fine on a football uni, but not on basketball. In fact, the short sleeve shirts look like football unis.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 3 months ago

So what happens if they lose in the first round? Could happen given the performance this year. Hahahahaha.

shorttrees 2 years, 3 months ago

Licorice, blueberry, lime, lemon, fruit punch and MMMM! strawberry! I thought the pic was a candy ad.

Kaw Pickinton 2 years, 3 months ago

These remind me of blaze orange / camo hunting clothes.

a. What's the point? b. What are we hiding from? c. Is this like how in soccer they make goal keepers clothes like a casino floor so your eyes find them hideous and hard to look at?

I actually prefer Adidas over Nike and appreciate all they have done for us and understand the bending over and doing what they say but, again (see a.)

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