Nike Selects Nine College Football Teams To Wear Pro Combat Uniforms
Nike has chosen nine college football teams to "wear the 2011 Nike Pro Combat System of Dress uniforms for at least one game" this season, according to Chadd Cripe of the IDAHO STAESMAN. Boise State and Georgia both will wear the Pro Combat uniforms during their season-opening Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome. The other Nike schools wearing Pro Combat are Army, LSU, Michigan State, Navy, Ohio State, Oregon and Stanford. All uniform designs, "which are usually non-traditional, will be unveiled next month." Nike "worked with each school on the uniform designs, which the company says will tell a story about each program." Cripe notes Boise State wore Pro Combat uniforms during the '10 season-opening game against Virginia Tech (IDAHO STATESMAN, 7/21). Georgia AD Greg McGarity said the uniforms will be unveiled Aug. 20, though his football players "got a sneak preview of the uniforms Wednesday night in Athens and apparently loved them." In Atlanta, Chip Towers notes UGA "was actually offered the opportunity to don the Pro Combat gear last season but passed." McGarity said that he "just felt like this game was the right time for Georgia to do it," adding that he "felt the school owed it to Nike, with whom it has had a long partnership." McGarity: "It’s all about our relationship with Nike. We’re one of (nine) teams in the country and we’re proud to be one of those teams. This is not a gimmick. It’s for one game and Boise State is doing it, too. This game is so special in so many ways, it just seemed like a good time to do it" (AJC.com, 7/21).