University of Akron football fans shouldn’t discard those traditional blue and gold colors just yet.
Pictures of new uniforms surfaced on Twitter courtesy of head coach Terry Bowden’s account showing a mostly black uniform with gold lettering and a gold chrome helmet. The only regular piece of equipment that Zips fans can expect to see is that helmet.
Bowden said Wednesday that’s because the black uniforms, which were made possible by a private donor, will only be used for special games.
“The example we follow is Baylor,” Bowden said referencing the Bears use of their black uniforms.
But there are other tangible reasons for mixing things up he said.
“Our kids want to do something different,” he said.
The use of such alternate uniforms has been a growing trend in college football especially. It can be a recruiting tool, Bowden said.
“Players want change and variation and we’re just starting to get in line,” he said.
What will be noticeable on the team’s uniforms all season is a patch featuring a tank in honor of Alan Arrington, the beloved assistant head and offensive line coach who died in a car accident while visiting Mississippi last December.
Arrington worked to make the student-athlete experience more enjoyable for the team. The uniforms are a culmination of that work, Bowden said.