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Irish and Wolverines unveil throwback uniforms

Jun 11, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

After much discussion and debate, Notre Dame and Michigan have unveiled their throwback uniforms for the September 10 meeting between the Irish and Wolverines. Deemed “Under the Lights at the Big House” (Bravo Michigan marketing department), both teams strutted their retro look with official releases yesterday.

The Irish are going psuedo old school, with the most pronounced change to the uniform two Kelly green shamrocks adorning the sides of the helmet, the first time Notre Dame has done that since the early 1960s. The white jersey has two Kelly green stripes on each shoulder to match the large number on both the chest and back.

“We are happy to partner with adidas to help commemorate the first night game at Michigan Stadium with new uniforms,” said Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly. “It seems fitting that the two schools with the two best winning percentages in college football play in this historic game. I know our players are looking forward to the contest and both teams’ new uniforms will only add to the excitement in the Big House on September 10.”



As you can see from the Wolverines’ photo, Michigan is rolling with a block ‘M’ on their chest, some stripes on their shoulders, and numbers on their helmet while wearing their traditional blue home jersey, paying homage to the different generations of Michigan football.

“The compilation of elements from different eras of Michigan football makes this a unique and special uniform,” Michigan AD Dave Brandon said. “Our players have seen other schools and professional teams wear throwback uniforms and will now have an opportunity to showcase our tradition in a melding of styles. This will¬† be a special event for our football program, the University¬† of Michigan, Ann Arbor and all of our fans.”

The response on the web is pretty much what you’d expect from two ultra-conservative programs that are incredibly proud of their respective histories. But for every old grouch claiming their school’s sold their soul to adidas, there are more than a few people almost begrudgingly acknowledging that the uniforms look pretty cool. I think the uniforms are a fun change, with the Irish leading in the clubhouse with an almost old school 1970s adidas look.

(It probably helps that ND has the Terminator version of Everett Golson modeling the Irish uniforming as he smolders in spotlights and shadows while the Wolverines chose some quarterback (that may or may not haunt Bob Diaco’s dreams) and a guy built like a pizza delivery driver to model theirs.)

We are officially three months out from Under the Lights at the Big House. Official throwback merchandise goes on sale August 1.

  1. 1notredamefan - Jun 11, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Just in from a confidential source, Everett Golson is leading the pack of QB’s and looks to be the #1 for start of summer drills…..

    • patells07 - Jun 14, 2011 at 8:30 PM

      ^^^ there is no way that is true. It is definitely Dayne. Golson will be used a little bit as a change of pace QB but he has a long way to go as a passer to become the starter…

  2. notredamegrad - Jun 11, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Both retro uniforms look sharp and are, to me, surprisingly understated – as others have observed, the only really striking difference in the ND uniform is the shamrock on the helmets. (I like the green stripes and numbers; I liked the green in Yankee Stadium last year, too.)

    When I picture ND lined up at the LOS, under the lights, surrounded by an enormous and very amped-up crowd on September 10th, I like what I see. The uniforms will mark this as what I hope will be – for ND, beating UM in primetime – a special game.

  3. 10of14 - Jun 11, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    He will not start in the fall…he has a long way to go as a passer and that is the foundation for Kelly’s offense. BTW, those are NOT throwback uniforms for ND, unless the early 80’s are a major throwback…weak.

  4. notredave - Jun 11, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    I like the unis.

    A beefed up Everett Golson?? Lol. No offense to the kid- he’s gonna get his- but I think they should have used Te’o instead. Wouldn’t have to ‘shop’ as much. Maybe not at all.

    Beast Mode starts Sept 3.

  5. uofm31nd6 - Jun 12, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Great article by a non-biased columnist.

    For the record that “some quarterback” tore you guys up last year. He was the one that went 88 yards on you in 8.8 seconds, leaving your DB’s in his dust. You do remember that, right? Or, are you some freshman journalist hopeful who didn’t see that happen?

    Should be more of the same this year.

    My name says it all.

    • danno27 - Jun 12, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      “‘some quarterback’ (that may or may not haunt Bob Diaco’s dreams)” = understated humor

      [everything written by the above UM clown] = unbridled douchebaggery.

      • uofm31nd6 - Sep 11, 2011 at 12:09 AM


  6. ndirishfan1 - Jun 12, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Notre Dame’s green looks sharp no matter how they bust it out on the uniforms. I don’t dislike the helmets, but, man, I love the plain, all gold helmets!

    The way Notre Dame finished the season, I couldn’t be more excited for September 3rd! Bring on South Florida!!!

  7. ccad05 - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM


  8. uofm31nd6 - Sep 11, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Not bad for “some Quarterback”. You did hold him to 446 yards and 5 TDs tonight so congratulations on that. After the next time you beat us you can run your yap. GOOD NIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. uofm31nd6 - Sep 11, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    You might want to look into finding a coach who can actual coach and finish games instead of crying and whining about everything to anybody. He is aware that he doesn’t have a National Championship caliper team? Just because you coach at ND doesn’t mean you are good.
    This isn’t GVSU, CMU or Cinncy, this is big boy football and Michigan is BACK, PERIOD.

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