There are some schools that are football schools and others that are basketball schools. For example, schools like Alabama and Penn State will likely forever be considered football schools. On the other hand, Duke and Kentucky will never be mistaken for football schools considering their history as basketball powers. North Carolina also falls under the category of basketball school, and their latest football practice attire only solidifies that label.
UNC is moving to the Jumpman brand this season rather than the more traditional Nike branding, in a move first made by Michigan last season. With UNC becoming the second football team to brand its football program with the Jumpman logo, there is plenty of buzz about the new look for the Tar Heels. Over the weekend, head coach Larry Fedora showed off a new practice helmet featuring the signature UNC colors with a Jordan logo slapped on the side instead of the UNC logo.
UNC's practice helmet will feature the Jump Man logo, as well. Here's Larry Fedora holding said practice helmet … pic.twitter.com/FhNftKC8tr
— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) August 5, 2017
UNC's Jumpman helmet pic.twitter.com/3W3E5Xmsqu
— Ross Martin (@RossMartin_IC) August 5, 2017
Yep. A basketball player’s silhouette on a football helmet. UNC is a basketball school.
Nothing says "We're not a football school" like a guy dunking a basketball on the side of a football helmet. https://t.co/rSzCrulqSR
— jimbo swinney (@prestonpsimpson) August 6, 2017
Fortunately, as far as we know, UNC only plans on using that helmet design in practices. The last thing you want to do is roll out that helmet for a football game and lose (especially to a basketball school like Duke). This is likely just for show and promotion to wow the recruits, because high school kids are easily swayed by uniforms (because high school kids can be dumb). So maybe UNC should keep this helmet on the practice fields and in the display cases in plain view of high school kids and their families taking a tour and stick to the more traditional helmet designs for game day.
Now, if Roy Williams wants to trot out his basketball team sporting a Julius Peppers logo on their practice jerseys, we can revisit this uniform nugget again.