Three weeks and three different uniform combinations from the Kansas Jayhawks, and the most-welcome trend is the consistency. In the past few seasons, Kansas has decided to break out new uniform pieces with little regard to tradition and aesthetic quality. Hopefully those days are over.
KU broke out all black uniforms for some reason a few years back despite the fact that black has never featured as a school color. Kansas has worn grey jerseys in the not so distant past, and while grey has been a frequent color for pants, there was no precedent for using it as a base color. The Jayhawks have also worn red helmets, jerseys, and pants recently, but those teams never really looked like KU to me. This seasons’ uniform combinations have been great.
While KU has sported three different combos to start the year, they all have one thing in common: They feature a lot of blue, a lot of white, or a lot of both. Saturday against Rutgers was no exception as the Hawks went “full storm trooper” and wore white from head to toe.
In the uniform recap of the first two games, I examined all of the elements that were in play today except the white jersey, so let’s take a look at those. The only major change that I can see from last years’ white uniform is the reflective “chrome-like” material of the numbers. To me, it’s just a small upgrade if anything, and it certainly isn’t as noticeable as the chrome numbers on the blue jerseys.
With all the white together, Kansas has a clean, sharp look. If they wore these every time they went on the road, I’d be fine with it, but since the athletic department keeps presenting us with hype videos of the uniform combo before each game, something tells me that there are going to be some surprises. The all-white look is one that Clint Bowen used for every road game that he was in charge last season, and it will be interesting to see if David Beaty follows suit.
My prediction for next week is that KU will wear at least one blue component when they take on Iowa State.