Adidas Out to Ruin Conference Basketball Tournaments with Zubaz-Inspired Uniforms

By Jason Priestas on February 28, 2013 at 11:08a
These new Adidas uniforms are terrible.

These are the new Adidas-designed uniforms six college teams – Cincinnati, Kansas, Notre Dame, Baylor, UCLA, and Louisville – will debut for their conference basketball tournaments in two weeks.

Here's a description of these monstrosities, from a Notre Dame press release:

"The adizero uniform system gives players the leading performance technology with a distinctive on-court style," says Chris McGuire, adidas Director of Sports Marketing. "The postseason brings together the best teams in the country and these uniforms celebrate the excitement of the game letting players stand out during college basketball's biggest moments. The Notre Dame basketball teams will wear the most innovative basketball uniforms and footwear to help them elevate their games during the most important time of the year."

Designed for a bold on-court look the adizero uniform system is made from 60 percent recycled materials and features FORMOTION technology for comfort and maximum mobility during shooting and dribbling. The uniforms feature adidas' quick drying Revolution 30 technology found in current NBA uniforms and ClimaCool zones which move heat and moisture away from the body to keep the jersey light and dry during heavy sweating. The super-lightweight woven short is designed for improved breathability and a closer, more comfortable fit with compression base layers.

Who cares if they have sleeves and bring back memories of the worst of the early nineties, these things have FORMOTION technology. Whatever that is.

Never been a better day to be a Nike school, really. Also, we're incredibly crestfallen to learn Michigan will not be one of the schools embarrassing its fanbase in these. C'mon, Dave Brandon, we thought you were edgy.

Source: @UniWatch


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BTwrestle04's picture

God awful. My eyes hurt.

Bolt's picture

No kidding! And just when I thought ttun's uniforms couldn't get any worse!!!

M Man's picture

Haha!  We turned 'em down.  Nope.  No thanks.
Best comment on MGoBlog was the one offering props to Adidas for giving Notre Dame the ugliest runt of this awful litter.

JLBNYC's picture

ND's uniforms look like my six-year old daughter's pajamas! (just missing princesses or ponies)

Knarcisi's picture

Or girlfriends 

bigbadbuck's picture

no disrespect but those uni's that look like electric banana's that you all have going on are way worse than these

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

M Man's picture

The one-time adidas creations (it was a template design that adidas adapted for us) that we featured when the Buckeyes visited Ann Arbor were roundly despised among the MGoBlogerati.  Our manufacturer dreamed them up, and we hope to see these never again:

On the other hand, adidas gave Michigan the chance to do a tribute uniform, and the very classic 1968 team design (it was much the same throughout the mid-late 60's) was chosen as a reference, and was immediately adored by everybody.  We wondered why the heck this wasn't our single, standard home uniform design:

So that's where the fans' tastes are at.  We have a somewhat troubled relationship with adidas.  The one good thing is that our contract with adidas, which runs through 2016 with some options beyond, guarantees that we get to be the top-paid school for as long as they are our supplier. 

bigbadbuck's picture

My eyes still haven't recovered

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

OSUStu's picture

Man, Adidas just keeps on embarrassing itself.  I remember when I used to think Adidas was cool because it wasn't Nike like every other middle-schooler was wearing.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Those are hideous.

The South will NOT rise again!

dumpus's picture

even john daly thinks those look absurd...


Buckeyebrowny919's picture

i do love loudmouth golf clothing though. I have the scarlet and gray argyle pants for my golf outings.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

dubjayfootball90's picture

cincy's is probably the only one that could possibly pass as acceptable. 
I guess this is the result of an acid trip while working.....

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Jason Priestas's picture

UC was 80% to Zubaz last year, so that's why it may not be as jarring. Here's a shot of the unis they wore against Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Yea, those unis are not bad, actually somewhat cool.
but these new ones.... borderline atrocious if it was not for cincy's 'style' 

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

SPreston2001's picture

Wow how could a group of people come together and think these uni's look good!! These things are just awful!!

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Similar people who came up with Ohio State's new MS Paint athletic logo

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

larzdapunk's picture

Dear Addidas:  Could you please bring back Hypercolor next? 

brandonbauer87's picture

I know it's not the point but I have to bring it to attention. If basketball uniforms were meant to be worn with a t-shirt underneath, they would just make the jersey a t-shirt.

GoBucks713's picture

What the hell happened to that Domer uni?? It looks like a damned Shamrock Shake!

-The Aristocrats!

d1145fresh's picture

Buzz... your jersey. Woof. 

741's picture

Looks like they are playing hoops in their PJ's.

Tim's picture

Hahahahaha so glad we don't have Adidas.

Basso Profondo's picture

The notre dame ones are by far the worst, they look like a fruity little drink or a color your mom wears while she is gardening. 

BTwrestle04's picture

I was really hoping one of those teams was Michigan. They wear Adidas. 

GoBucks713's picture

You owe Urbz 10 pushups.

-The Aristocrats!

Doc's picture

Dumb-de-dumb-dumb-dummbb.  ADIDAS = All Day I Dream About Stupid looking uniforms.

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Hovenaut's picture

No, no, no, no.....

Pull that bus over to the side of the hideous 90's fads turnpike.

That look is Audi 5000.....

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

i mean..i love zubaz, but these are just downright face-melting atrocious

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

DLB1276's picture

"The adizero uniform system gives players the leading performance technology with a distinctive on-court style," says Chris McGuire, adidas Director of Sports Marketing.
Translation: These look like s___.

ToothBuck's picture

Do these type of uniform designs attract young people to want to play for the schools that sport them?

Baroclinicity's picture

I thought these wild styles ran their course in the 90s.  I prefer the trend of the old school fonts and colors.  See:  Toronto Raptors.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Dr. House's picture

i will see you that and raise you the Detroit Pistons Teal Era.

BUCKtuckian's picture

Donnie Baker approved!

State Law!

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Hovenaut's picture

Packin' a Bud, a Dew, while sportin' Zubaz, a mullet and a wolf print t-shirt?

Stand aside people, trained professional on the premises......

cinserious's picture

Did someone say County Law was on?   COUNTY LAW! COUNTY LAW!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Alex Boones Liver's picture

Ah swear to gawd it is...

steensn's picture

Someone is going to get fired...

jthiel09's picture

Not a surprise Michigan would wear these ugly things .... thank God we don't have Adidas as a sponsor.


Culp's Freaking Hill's picture

As a result of my moderate to intense hatred for the half dozen schools in the picture, I can't wait for them to wear these jerseys and hope they become a new staple for the schools.  Insert Nelson laugh here.

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AndyVance's picture

Please tell me that this is an example of industrial espionage, and that Phil Knight has some really talented trolls embedded at Adidas... Otherwise having a hard time fathoming that a successful apparel company could sanction a FAIL this epic...

GoBucksToledo's picture

How does one down vote a manufacturer?

xFactor11's picture

Even the players look pissed they have to wear them.

Maestro's picture

Seriously, I feel badly for my wife as a Kansas alum.  There needs to be some kind of a protest.  Hideous beyond belief.

vacuuming sucks

Jack Fu's picture

They're not actually Adidas. They're from Slovakia. They're called Adidums, and they have extra stripes. So for less money, you're able to get extra stripes. Is very good deal.
Honestly though, they look like an evolutionary version of Kentucky's 1993-94 unis, but, like, on crack:

Maestro's picture

Apparently the KU athletic department has sent out a statement that these jerseys are "optional" and the school will be deciding soon whether to in fact wear them or not.

vacuuming sucks

AndyVance's picture

Wise move, Jayhawks. Run far, fast.

Maestro's picture

.......but apparently Self has come out and said that they will be wearing them to be a good team player with Adidas.  NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Perhaps his is just making a statement to allow the fanbase to scream from the hilltops for 2 weeks until someone decides that these were a terrible idea.

vacuuming sucks

OhioKris's picture

Notre, i would not put that on.  

Poison nuts's picture

Leprechaun poop.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

jthiel09's picture

If we are bringing back an old school look lets do it the right way ... I think I still have one of these hats somewhere.


Clmm297's picture

I just threw up in my mouth...
I didn't think last years models could be downgraded, but they have managed to do just that.

JollyFatMan's picture

Ooo Adidas. Stop taking those 'sleeping' pills. 

How firm thy friendship..

LadyBuck's picture

And I thought they couldn't do worse than last year's baylor uniform of "Dear-Lord-God-My-Retinas!"

JLBNYC's picture

I hope the Buckeyes never sign with Adidas! (though i do like their golf shirts and they own Taylor Made, who make excellent drivers, woods and hybrids!)

osubuckeye4life's picture

The question is are they worse that the Maryland Underarmor ones from a few years ago? 

cinserious's picture

Psychotic court jester reporting for duty.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

WiliestBuckeye's picture

These are awesome! I especially like the Kansas and UCLA shorts.

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

Maestro's picture

With all due respect...

vacuuming sucks

JLBNYC's picture

John Wooden is spinning in his grave!

harleymanjax's picture

mmmmm............... SHAMROCK SHAKE!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

HighBallAce's picture

This reminds me of the year after I graduated high school. Our coach decided he didn't want to coach the incoming freshman because they weren't very good and our class was one of the all time winningest class' so he wanted to go out with a winning record. Well the new coach that came in wanted to change the uniforms so he thought he would let the players decide to design them. They designed these gawd awful looking things that ended up costing way too much so the coach decided to keep the old jersey's that we had but change the bottoms. The bottoms didn't match the tops at all and when you washed them, they faded out and made the shorts look pink! Not to mention they were made of some kind of lacey material for the trim so when they were dried, they kind of shrunk in that area and made the shorts look like the kids were wearing those pants the guys used to wear back in the 1700's! It was awful and the coach ended up getting fired at the end of the year and all was back to normal but those guys got made fun of pretty bad by opposing teams for the entire season because of that.

WolverineKiller's picture

I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.

Just Win.

CALPOPPY's picture

Holy hell. That photo at the top looks like a bunch of Flav-O-Ices. Those colors are absurd and then they make it zubaz. Smh.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Bucksfan's picture

90's SoCal Surfware.

cinserious's picture

I didn't know Pauly D and his crew pretended to be California Surfers back in the 90's.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Geraffi's picture

Adidas, you're doing it wrong. 

Kevbo714's picture

Adidas, please hire some qualified individual for the sole purpose of raising their hand and saying, "No" whenever your development team comes up with ideas like this...

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Can college football unis designed like the basketball ones be next? I'm sure Adidas is working on it.

Poison nuts's picture

They all suck, but Notre Dames just SSSSUUUUCK!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

cinserious's picture

The Notre Dame kid looks like he's about to go frolich with the Easter Bunny.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

actionstanleyjackson's picture

adidas just makes awful football/basketball uniforms. Shameful 

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

13THandSummit's picture

On the flip side, Adidas has been killing it this year with their MLS jerseys. Simple yet innovative designs that integrate state flags, team chants, homage to early 1900's squads, and even season ticket holders names into the design.