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USC to unveil alternate unis for UCLA game?

Posted on: May 10, 2011 2:19 pm
Edited on: May 17, 2011 12:34 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

There's two different philosophies to uniform tweaks. One is the Penn State approach, which is to take something already classically basic and make it even more classically basic. Then there's the Nike approach, most noticeably (and enthusiastically) adopted this offseason by Arizona State.

You get one guess, dear reader, which approach Lane Kiffin has championed for USC and the Trojans' alternate uniforms for this year's rivalry showdown with UCLA. Just one.

Time's up! We really, really hope you picked the latter , since this is Kiffin we're talking about; per the Daily News's Scott Wolf, it "currently looks like" the Trojans will take the field against the Bruins wearing "cardinal jerseys, cardinal pants and a black helmet."

This sounds awful -- monochrome uniforms of any shade rarely look good on football fields, and the "Hey, let's make something black because black is all intimidating and stuff" approach peaked in 1997 or so -- but just to give us all a proper sense of the color combination we're talking about, the rest of the Eye on College Football team has taken a shot at "artist's depictions" of the new look. Tom Fornelli's take:

Adam Jacobi's:

Bryan Fischer's:

The real things will look a little better, we're guessing. But not enough better that we're not left hoping -- for USC fans' and their retinas' sake -- that Wolf's sources are off on this one.


Since: Sep 18, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 2:56 pm

USC to unveil alternate unis for UCLA game?

Number 1 = Art!

Numbers 2+3 = Coloring Book

Fornelli, an artist unappreciated in his own time.  But still with both ears. Which is something... 

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