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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Jayhawks to wear Civil War-themed alternate uniforms Saturday vs. Baylor

KU and Adidas on Tuesday unveiled the "Jay-Hawkers" alternate football uniform, which will be worn in conjunction with the program's annual Salute to Service weekend.

KU and Adidas on Tuesday unveiled the "Jay-Hawkers" alternate football uniform, which will be worn in conjunction with the program's annual Salute to Service weekend.

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The Kansas football team will pay homage to the state's Civil War past this weekend during an 11 a.m. kickoff against Baylor at Memorial Stadium.

KU and Adidas on Tuesday unveiled the "Jay-Hawkers" alternate uniform, which will be worn in conjunction with the program's annual Salute to Service weekend.

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KU and Adidas on Tuesday unveiled the "Jay-Hawkers" alternate uniform, which will be worn in conjunction with the program's annual Salute to Service weekend.

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KU and Adidas on Tuesday unveiled the "Jay-Hawkers" alternate uniform, which will be worn in conjunction with the program's annual Salute to Service weekend.

With inspiration from Kansas' history as a 'free-state,' the special-edition look was inspired by Colonel Charles Jennison and his 7th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. This cavalry regiment, which was also known as Jennison's Jay-Hawkers, was established in October 1861 and served the Union Army during the American Civil War.

According to a press release, "the theme of the regiment is seen immediately on the matte crimson helmet featuring the calvary's guidon, a smaller, swallow-tailed flag, showcased on both sides of the helmet. A chrome red facemask at the top of the helmet fades to silver to provide contrast."

Drawing upon KU's primary colors, the blue jersey features the traditional 'KANSAS' stretched across the front in all white, while the player numbers are also white, but include a slight limestone brick pattern.

On the back of the jersey, instead of player names, each jersey highlights a patch signifying the start of the Kansas Jay-Hawker regiment in 1861. Within the logo is a crossed rifle and saber, which were provided to volunteers when they joined the regiment.

Additionally, the overall theme is incorporated into the uniform's crimson-colored pants that were influenced by the company of border scouts formed in 1862 known as the "Red Legs." This company was known as such because of their red or tan-colored leather leggings.

Merchandise featuring this alternate look is available at Rally House Allen Fieldhouse, at Memorial Stadium or online at KUStore.com.

Comments

Cora Smith 2 years ago

Awesome! Now a victory would complete the day. Rock Chalk!

Marcus Balzer 2 years ago

We need Coach Fambrough, RIP to give the team the customary pep talk.

Bryce Landon 2 years ago

Good idea. Can you do a seance and bring him up from the dead?

Brett McCabe 2 years ago

Wish we could have had something like this for every Mizzou game.

Very cool idea. Good work.

Brent Held 2 years ago

It can happen if everyone mans up and renews the rivalry

Thomas Green 2 years ago

I do like these...very cool! I also agree it would have been extra cool if we had these to wear back in the day against MU! Rock Chalk!

Charlie Gaughn 2 years ago

I've heard the special teams coach is in charge of player apparel. Really....don't we have more to worry about in this program than yet another uniform permutation? I think a win over K-State would've done a lot more for these kids.

John Strayer 2 years ago

My thoughts exactly. A fashion show by a team that is anything but fashionable in the actual game. Time and effort spent in a completely useless fashion. It would be one thing if the team was successful on the field. But this just looks and feels weird for a program in KU's position.

What was that Texas saying I heard a while back...."all hat and no cattle"....

Dirk Medema 2 years ago

I'm pretty certain that no coaches spent time on this uniform change.

It is also very worthwhile and potentially motivating to at least half the team that is still confronted with a civil war to realize the roots of the state in fighting for them. IMO it is a positive contrast to the protests that lack respect for the efforts that have been made to get to where we are now. It may not be perfect or complete but it is good to remember and respect the sacrifices that have been made.

Your frustration with the team's performance has merit but I would suggest that similar to the position of some athletes at some games your expression is less than appropriate.

Charlie Gaughn 2 years ago

Obviously my comment about the special teams coach was sarcasm. From our performance last week, it’s questionable if we have one. The point is, someone in this program is spending time on this silliness. Whoever that is there’s got to be a more productive function for them to perform. At least we won’t Be wearing the white helmets!

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