February 08, 2010
Apparently out of other ideas to reverse the recent fortune of its suddenly struggling basketball program, Texas will try to usher in some better karma tonight by unveiling new jerseys against top-ranked Kansas.
The Nike HyperElite jerseys thankfully are still burnt orange and white, but they're also 70 percent lighter than traditional basketball uniforms and feature a design so intricate on the back that it might be better suited for a mural.
Among the graphics that appear on the new jerseys are the Longhorn logo, the school motto, the state of Texas, a basketball and the school's most prominent campus landmark, the UT tower.
And, hey, if the lighter jerseys improve Texas' woeful free throw shooting, feature a device designed to get Jordan Hamilton to look for his teammates more often or keep center Dexter Pittman from getting gassed after two possessions, those would be great perks too!
Several of you have pointed out that a handful of teams have worn this style of jersey in the past year or two. Duke, apparently, is among those, but I'll admit I've never noticed the extra detail on the back on TV so it must be very subtle.