Return of the Pro Combats

By Jason Priestas on August 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm
These? (via Olentangy)

UPDATE: They will be worn for the Michigan game. Via a release tucked away in the University of Miami's website comes news that should once again split the fanbase: Ohio State will wear Nike Pro Combat uniforms again this season.

BEAVERTON, Ore. (August 17, 2010) - Ten of the top college football programs have been selected to wear uniquely designed Nike uniforms for at least one game during the 2010 season the company announced today. The University of Alabama, Boise State University, University of Florida, University of Miami (FL), The Ohio State University, Oregon State University, University of Pittsburgh, Texas Christian University, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University will wear the innovative designs for a minimum of one  game on their schedules.  The dates of those games will be announced at the unveiling of the uniforms Sept. 1 in New York.

Five of the schools mentioned in the release, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, TCU, and Virginia Tech, wore Pro Combat uniforms in games last season, with the Buckeyes choosing to honor the 1954 national championship team with a design they wore on the road in Ann Arbor to end the season. My hunch, because Nike and the athletic department both like money, is that the uniforms will be worn at home this year. That way, rabid memorabilia-collecting guy on your block can own a home and away jersey.  Nike likes to pit the teams wearing the one-off uniforms against non-Nike schools, and those teams on the 2010 slate would be Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Northwestern, and the three non-conference schools that haven't welcomed Luther Campbell to their sidelines. Indiana and Northwestern are obviously out as candidates, leaving just the Badgers and the Wolverines. Since the Wisconsin game is on the road...