Not everybody hated the Maryland uniforms worn in Monday’s win over Miami. From the Maryland athletics website: Due to overwhelming demand, Maryland Athletics will make 10 helmets and 10 jerseys from the Maryland Pride collection, worn Monday by the football team, available for auction.
Maryland wore what were almost-universally mocked jerseys in the matchup, sporting the new unis after warming up in other new unis that featured a turtle shell pattern on the helmet. Not even the players expected to find the other jerseys hanging in their lockers upon returning from warm-ups.
The pattern on the helmet and jersey takes from the Maryland state flag, and the helmets are strikingly similar to a Maryland women’s roller derby team, the Charm City Roller Girls. Under Armor, a sports apparel company started by Maryland graduate and former special teams captain Kevin Plank, provided the uniforms. The new unis worn Monday night were apparently just one of three dozen combinations available this season.
The uniforms were not the only fashion gaffe of the night, however. Fans wore white t-shirts that read ‘Sucks To Be U’, with the Miami logo serving as the ‘U’; it was, of course, a slight at the ongoing investigation into Miami after Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro dropped the figurative bomb on the program, saying that 72 current and former players received impermissible benefits from him over the course of several years.
At first glance the shirts gave the impression that Miami had an impressive representation of fans in Byrd Stadium, as the ‘U’ stood out more than anything on the t-shirt. Granted the colors of the ‘U’ were reversed (the ‘U’ on the t-shirt featured green on the left and orange on the right, a reversal from the typical orange-green ‘U’), but it appeared to give Miami more of a presence in the seats than it had. Maybe put the ‘U’ upside down next time?
Anyway, the uniforms are a sense of pride for the team according to head coach Randy Edsall. “I was proud that we kept this under the lid,” he said on ESPN, referring to keeping the uniforms a secret up until kickoff. “This is our pride uniform — Maryland pride. This is part of the new branding we’re doing here. We want to incorporate the state colors and let everyone know we are playing for everyone in the state.”
Bidding will begin Friday morning with bids starting at $500 for the helmets and $200 for the jerseys. The proceeds will benefit the Maryland athletics department. Say what you will about the ugliness of the new uniforms, but Terps fans have something to hang their hats on after beating the ‘Canes, shorthanded or not, and the uniforms are developing into somewhat of a symbol for the marquee win. Of course, that symbol will only take foot if the Terps continue to win this season.