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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Jayhawks to wear new ‘limestone’ uniforms for homecoming

Kansas football and adidas unveiled new "limestone" alternate uniforms for the Jayhawks on Wednesday. KU will wear the new uniforms and helmets, inspired by the "Rock Chalk" chant, Oct. 22, versus Oklahoma State.

Kansas football and adidas unveiled new "limestone" alternate uniforms for the Jayhawks on Wednesday. KU will wear the new uniforms and helmets, inspired by the "Rock Chalk" chant, Oct. 22, versus Oklahoma State.

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The University of Kansas football team will have a new look when it takes the field Oct. 22 for its homecoming game against Oklahoma State.

Adidas and Kansas Athletics revealed Wednesday what they’ve branded as the Jayhawks’ “limestone” alternate uniforms and helmets.

The special edition threads with a retro feel are said to be inspired by KU’s “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk” chant, which originated in the 1880’s. At the time, the university’s geology club created the cheer, paying homage to limestone structures on campus, such as the Campanile World War II Memorial. Accordingly, the adidas “primeknit” compression uniforms were designed based around a limestone theme, paying homage to KU’s tradition, as well as local geology.

“Drawing upon the color and font style hearkening back to the style worn in the early 1960’s,” a KU release stated, “the traditional ‘Kansas’ moniker and player numbers are featured in a limestone brick pattern graphic, and highlighted with metallic red outlining.”

The special edition helmets also feature the limestone look, within player numbers on one side..

The Jayhawks’ next home game, versus OSU, kicks off at 11 a.m. on FOX Sports 1.

The Cowboys lead the all-time series with Kansas, 34-29-3, and have a 19-15-1 record at KU.

Kansas football and adidas unveiled new "limestone" alternate uniforms for the Jayhawks on Wednesday. KU will wear the new uniforms and helmets, inspired by the "Rock Chalk" chant, Oct. 22, versus Oklahoma State.

Kansas football and adidas unveiled new "limestone" alternate uniforms for the Jayhawks on Wednesday. KU will wear the new uniforms and helmets, inspired by the "Rock Chalk" chant, Oct. 22, versus Oklahoma State.

Kansas football and adidas unveiled new "limestone" alternate uniforms for the Jayhawks on Wednesday. KU will wear the new uniforms and helmets, inspired by the "Rock Chalk" chant, Oct. 22, versus Oklahoma State.

Kansas football and adidas unveiled new "limestone" alternate uniforms for the Jayhawks on Wednesday. KU will wear the new uniforms and helmets, inspired by the "Rock Chalk" chant, Oct. 22, versus Oklahoma State.

Kansas football and adidas unveiled new "limestone" alternate uniforms for the Jayhawks on Wednesday. KU will wear the new uniforms and helmets, inspired by the "Rock Chalk" chant, Oct. 22, versus Oklahoma State.

Kansas football and adidas unveiled new "limestone" alternate uniforms for the Jayhawks on Wednesday. KU will wear the new uniforms and helmets, inspired by the "Rock Chalk" chant, Oct. 22, versus Oklahoma State.

Kansas football and adidas unveiled new "limestone" alternate uniforms for the Jayhawks on Wednesday. KU will wear the new uniforms and helmets, inspired by the "Rock Chalk" chant, Oct. 22, versus Oklahoma State.

Kansas football and adidas unveiled new "limestone" alternate uniforms for the Jayhawks on Wednesday. KU will wear the new uniforms and helmets, inspired by the "Rock Chalk" chant, Oct. 22, versus Oklahoma State. by adidas / Kansas Athletics

Comments

Bryce Landon 5 years, 11 months ago

This is a good look, as alternate uniforms go. But alternate uniforms work better when (A) you are relevant and (B) you have a history of greatness. Take the alternates the basketball team wears. They (usually) work because KU basketball is relevant and has a history of greatness. Coming from the football program, it comes off as a desperate grab for attention. If KU football started winning again, alternates would mean more than they do.

Robert Brock 5 years, 11 months ago

Why can't the Jayhawks come up with one great uniform that says, "We are Kansas; prepare to get your butts kicked!"

Instead, we see the squirrelly uniform of the week, attempting to match the players' handbags with their pumps.

Andy Tweedy 5 years, 11 months ago

Personally, I think we have that uniform, but they don't wear it every week. The grey pants, blue jersey and blue helmet not only make me think of Reesing to Meier, but I think they're just pretty awesome. And honestly, I think that combination would look just peachy with just about any helmet we have.

David A. Smith 5 years, 11 months ago

Here's my idea: all black uniforms, with black helmets and angry black hawks on the helmets. Call the look "night hawk". They could be used in a night game, and the team could enter the stadium during a planned blackout.

Michael Johnson 5 years, 11 months ago

All black is horrible. Are you a mizzou fan?

Joe Ross 5 years, 11 months ago

i know what the colors are and what not, but I like the idea of a black uniform as well. if you could somehow mold the texture of the equipment to something resembling the batman uniform (yes, seriously) then youre cooking with gas. Oh, and I agree with the comment above that says winning makes these kinds of things more enjoyable. of course, it DOES mean something to the players, so if THEY think it's cool and it makes them get after it, then why not?

Doug Roberts 5 years, 11 months ago

"Alternate uniforms" has no meaning anymore. Teams rarely wear the same damn uniform twice in a row. Universities are obviously so drunk with money that they throw it away on crap like this. I'm done with glam football.

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 11 months ago

Schools don't pay for the uniforms, Adidas pays for them.

Brett McCabe 5 years, 11 months ago

And, as recently as two years ago, Adidas paid KU more than all but 5 or 6 schools in the country.

Michael Lorraine 5 years, 11 months ago

I like the number on the helmet much better than KU and/or the Jayhawk.

Len Shaffer 5 years, 11 months ago

When I saw the headline, I was scared. But I have to say that these look a lot better than most of the "special edition" uniforms. I actually really like these.

Michael Johnson 5 years, 11 months ago

Home: blue over grey/white. Blue helmets. Away: white over red/blue/grey. Red or blue helmets Never all same color and never white helmets. White face masks are ok.

Mike Reid 5 years, 11 months ago

Why does the Journal-World give Adidas so much free advertising? That's all this is, an attempt to sell more merchandise. It has nothing to do with the tradition of KU. They roll out new uniforms at all their schools all the time. Most were released in mid-September. So why is this news?

What I want are names and numbers on the jerseys I can read from the seats in Memorial Stadium. Forget the reflective numbers and names...way too hard to read.

John Strayer 5 years, 11 months ago

This has to be one of the major problems with KU football...too damn worried about how we look in our uniforms that we don't give a darn about the scoreboard and how poorly the offense plays. This and $2 million dollar locker rooms seems silly for a program trying to come back from the dead. The first and only priority should be playing better. Period. This is all form over substance nonsense.

Joe Ross 5 years, 11 months ago

Part of me agrees with you. Another part says it's hard to make an impression on recruits when your program is terrible and your facilities are substandard. I think Kansas needs to do everything it can to resurrect the program. Absolutely. Everything.

Mike Barnhart 5 years, 11 months ago

The football program's dedicated mascot should be the 1941 "fighting" Jayhawk. One mascot for football and football only!

Jeff Soisson 5 years, 11 months ago

Make field goals and first downs, wear Jams!

This is so dumb, honor the uniforms of the past. Go for Reesing wear! OU and Texas never changes their uniform, we should not either.

Focus on the game and not your clothes, losers with cool clothes are still...

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