IU Football Helmet and Uniforms Return to More Traditional Design
July 19, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Tuesday afternoon that Indiana's football uniforms will be returning to a more traditional look for both the basic uniform design and the helmet. Stripes have been removed from the helmet and the jersey sleeves, and a classic white face mask will replace the red face mask that has been featured on IU helmets since 2005. The new jerseys will be traditional IU red and white in color and will feature adidas' state-of-the-art TECHFIT compression technology. IU has also replaced last year's PowerWEB pants with a more traditional design.
"I think fans are really going to like our return to a more traditional design and color scheme," Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass said. "We are thrilled that our partner adidas was able to come up with such a classic look while still using state-of-the-art technology."
According to adidas, the TECHFIT jersey is a complete reconstruction of its football uniform. Using a streamlined fit, new fabric, reduced seams and an ultra lightweight name and numbering system, the TECHFIT jerseys weigh 30 percent less than traditional jerseys. One of the advantages of the compression fit is that there is no extra material for opponents to grab or hold, and it also helps with range of motion and comfort for the players on the field. The TECHFIT compression jersey will debut when the Hoosiers play Ball State on Sept. 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
"The uniforms are really sharp. Our guys will be excited and the fans will love them," head football coach Kevin Wilson said. "We wanted a look that builds on tradition, yet has a cutting edge style that our players will wear with IU Pride."
Indiana is one of a select group of universities that have similar all-school agreements with adidas. The 2011-12 school year will mark the fourth year of an eight year agreement between IU Athletics and adidas. The deal provides uniforms, shoes and equipment for all of Indiana's 24 varsity sports. It also provides IU with officially licensed gear and clothing for sale at the IU Varsity Shop and IUHoosiers.com, the athletics web site.
For more information on the TECHFIT jersey and other adidas products, visit adidas.com/football.
Attached are pictures of the helmets IU football has brandished since 1949 and a layout of the new uniform design.
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