Kelly ruins Michigan’s throwback uniform surprise


Just a few days after poking Southern Cal’s athletic director, Brian Kelly seems to have Michigan’s athletic czar in a tizzy.

First it was Pat Haden who wasn’t happy that Notre Dame decided to push their annual date with the Trojans to prime-time. (Even though we had to take a few shots at his rationale.) Now it’s former Domino’s Pizza chief Dave Brandon who has a bone to pick with Kelly, after he blew the surprise that both Michigan and Notre Dame would be wearing throw-back uniforms in their showdown in the second week of the season — another rare night game, this one the first at the Big House.

Kelly confirmed the rumors that the Irish and Wolverines would be wearing old school uniforms on Friday, giving credence to the rumors that the Irish would be wearing uniforms inspired by those worn in the Kuharich era.

“I’m just trying to help you guys piece together what it’s going to look like, without me saying and then getting yelled at by our adidas people that we blew the surprise for them,” Kelly said.

But that didn’t stop Kelly from dishing about the Wolverines uniform choice.

“But yeah, we’re going to have throwback uniforms. As they will. I can tell you what theirs look like: They have a block ‘M’ on them, and a number, and a number on their helmet. How’s that? The adidas people at Michigan are going to be pissed at me.”

Who’d have thought that BK would be right.

From the Detroit News‘ Angelique S. Chengelis, who covers the Wolverine beat:

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon told The Detroit News on Friday that while Michigan is working on a special uniform project for the night game with Adidas and is excited about it, nothing has yet been determined.

“I can’t say anything other than we’ve been working on this quite some time, but it’s not finalized,” Brandon said. “When we have something to show, we’ll show it. Brian Kelly went out on his own little messaging deal there and good for Brian Kelly.

“When we have something coherent and finalized to unveil, you’ll be hearing about it. But it’s not ready yet.”

Brandon’s beef is probably a little bit more legit than Haden’s, but I’m all for adding a little bit more spice to a game that’ll certainly have quite a bit of heat to it.