The Miami Hurricanes, often referred to as “The U” was a college football powerhouse in the 1980s, and most of the 1990s and early 2000s.
During their run in the ’80s and ’90s, the team donned some pretty regular looking uniforms (which, who didn’t at the time?), and the school will be going back to that look, as Adidas revealed today. The uniforms look really good, especially when you consider Adidas (who typically can’t get uniforms right) is outfitting them.
The uniforms are pretty spot on with the look of the Hurricanes of old. The dynamic of uniforms, whether it be shoulder pads, helmets, or thigh pads have very much changed the past 20-30 years. So they look very similar, but are just slightly sharper in appearance.
They are called the “Legend of the U” uniforms, and will debut on October 8 when the Hurricanes welcome their rival, the Florida State Seminoles. There’s likely not a better game to debut them.
— adidas Football US (@adidasFballUS) September 19, 2016
From the official school release:
As the Miami football program begins a new era under the guidance of former quarterback and new head coach Mark Richt, the ‘Legend of the U’ uniforms echo the past while looking to the future, and that overarching theme inspired the collaborative design between the University of Miami’s athletic department and adidas Football.
Merging innovation and style to produce the perfect blend of modern technology with a historic, national championship-yielding look, the retro style uniforms were designed as a nod the legacy and domination of the teams from the 80’s and 90’s which saw the Hurricanes win four national championships. Attention to detail was crucial to replicate a retro look, and during the research phase of the design, jersey numbers, stripes and logos were precisely measured from archival products worn by the Hurricanes to create an accurate execution of the design elements.
Perhaps the uniforms, on top of new head coach Mark Richt is exactly what Miami football needs to get back on the map. The program has changed a lot, but bringing back some aspects of the past can’t hurt, right?