Indiana declined bold Adidas uniforms
by Terry Hutchens,USA TODAY Sports
A photo collage hangs on the wall in the office of Indiana athletic director Fred Glass. It looks like a team picture, but it’s all of the school’s first-team All-Americans in basketball.
Although the players are from different eras, at least one thing has remained the same: the basic uniform style.
So when Adidas, IU’s shoe and apparel company, recently approached its bigger schools with a new uniform for the NCAA tournament, the Hoosiers declined.
The uniforms, apparently designed to start a hoops fashion trend, have a bright shade of the school’s colors, shorts with a camouflage pattern and, for some schools, sleeves. Cincinnati, Kansas, Notre Dame, Baylor, UCLA and Louisville agreed to wear the new uniforms.
Glass said all you have to do is look at the picture on his wall to understand IU’s decision.
“When you look at that picture, it’s really hard to tell those uniforms apart,” Glass said. “It has really been a consistent look. Our thing is stability and a classic look. It’s about the name on the front of the chest and not on the back. All those things are important to who we are.
“I take seriously our obligation to be a good partner with Adidas, and we weren’t cavalier about this. But when all is said and done, that’s just not something that I think is appropriate for us here at Indiana to do.”
UCLA fans on BruinsNation.com praised Glass for respecting tradition. One person wrote, “Indiana is an Adidas school, but they won’t wear it. Not as an alternate uniform for a game. Not for just one game in the conference tourney. Just, not. Props to Hoosiers AD Fred Glass for protecting those hallowed candy cane uniforms.”
Said Glass: “The Indiana uniform is such a reflection of who we are as a program and a university that we weren’t comfortable moving away from our classic, iconic uniforms.”
Glass did say, however, that just because IU won’t change its basketball uniform, that doesn’t mean the football team wouldn’t consider a different look.
“Someone told me a long time ago that fair is not treating everything the same,” Glass said. “Fair is treating … [For more on Indiana AD declined bold Adidas uniforms, prefers 'classic' look, click here.]