On Thursday, the Tennesse Volunteers jumped on the dark uniform bandwagon in a big way. Coach Butch Jones had already made small changes to the team’s trademark white and orange jerseys, and now the program has a third, alternate uniform choice for the 2013 season.
The smokey gray uniforms feature new pants and jerseys to go along with the white helmet. Another big change is the word “VOLS” printed above the front lettering. On the orange jerseys there is a “Power T,” while the white uniforms read “Tennessee.” The team did include a “Power T” on the front of the new pants.
“Everything is about our great pride and traditions here at the University of Tennessee,” Jones told VolQuest.com. “We truly respect those traditions, but it’s also building upon those traditions. Before anything can be a tradition, it has to have a beginning to it. Just like the Vol Navy, just like the Vol Walk, just like the ‘Power T.’ So when we looked at it, it was how can we continue to move forward. As you know, in the world of recruiting this is the world we live in.
“If you had to put a top-10 list that the prospective student-athletes ask you, in the top three would be uniforms. We obviously have great colors, and we’re excited about the ‘Smokey’ gray addition to our traditions and our family here. A lot of thought went into this. We wanted to be very respective of our traditions, but also continue to move forward in this as well.”
Athletic director Dave Hart echoed Jones’ sentiments. Both believe the new look is a modern take on the highly-respected traditions the school enjoys.
“I place a high value on our history and traditions. I also take pride in placing the highest priority on our department being student-athlete centered. In this instance, the alternate uniform to be worn in one game is all about responding to the desires of both our current and future players while maintaining and respecting our tradition.
“There’s no question; Butch Jones again has been so genuine. In every priority he has been so articulated. And he has followed through with every priority that he has stated. And nobody has more respect for the Tennessee traditions than Butch. Butch is looking at 110 of those young men and as I feel we need to pay attention to what excites them too.”
Check out the initial sneak peek Tennessee released to build suspense for the unveiling in the video clip. Below that is adidas’ official look at the TECHFIT threads.
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