Ohio State Bucks Trend, Won't Sell Generic Jerseys

By DJ Byrnes on June 13, 2014 at 12:23p

Some colleges, like Northwestern, Arizona and Texas A&M, have begun selling "generic" jerseys in attempts to ward off the forces of the free market infiltrating big-time college sports.

Ohio State isn't rattled, per Cleveland.com's Ari Wasserman:

"I am aware that other universities are contemplating different ideas regarding jersey numbers, but to date we have had no discussion about moving toward a generic jersey," Rick Van Brimmer, director of Ohio State's Trademark and Licensing Services, told cleveland.com. 

"Our plans for this product are made months in advance, so you will see numbered jerseys in the market this fall, including the continuation of our custom program where the purchaser chooses the number of their choice." 

What do you suppose the generic number for Ohio State would've been? I would've voted for No. 2, in honor of Archie "2Heizmanz" Griffin. There were also some good players to wear that number as well. 


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Earle's picture

Why would Ohio State sell Penn State Jerseys anyway?

Snarkies gonna snark. 

+13 HS
TheBadOwl's picture

So which jerseys will we sell this year? Last year, including the Pro Combat ones, they sold #1, #5, #10 and #34.

Obviously we'll see a lot of #5's parading around. Think we might see #2, #12 and #97? Anyone obvious I'm missing?

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Urban Nation Army's picture


Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

+1 HS
John Brandon's picture

Maybe #15 or #7 if Vonn Bell becomes the instant playmaker people think he could be

Citrus's picture

Word on the street is that there are already #15s being marketed.

tGW's picture

#9 maybe. Take it the "new" logo will be in play.

"Have a nice trip...Michaelllll."

headina's picture

People with clarett jerseys collecting dust got a rebirth through sweet jazz Kenny g


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OSUBias's picture

Does my Chike jersey count as generic? That's the "Nike" I got from Chinatown for $15. 

7 yards and a cloud of dust is a beautiful thing

Bamabucknut's picture

I would like to see use of the OSU colors

SCARLET* not red

GREY not white

* Scarlet is a bright red with a slightly orange tinge.[2][3] In the spectrum of visible light, and on the traditional color wheel, it is one-fourth of the way between red and orange, slightly less orange than vermilion.[4]

andretolstoy's picture

How does selling a generic jersey ward off the free market?

mh277907's picture

Ward off the *forces* of the free market. Some universities fear that players, like Braxton Miller, will be able to say that the only reason that Ohio State sold thousand and thousands of #5 jerseys from '11-'15 was because he wore that jersey thus he deserves part of the revenue. In a free market system, Braxton would probably have quite a strong case.


BIGHEC39's picture

Where can I get an authentic #5 Jersey.......


Bugsyk's picture

I was told they don't exist.  Only the replicas.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

They should just have a big shelf with jerseys of every number - 0 to 99. 

Class of 2010.