For the first time in recent memory, Old Dominion will wear its blue jerseys during a home game Monday night.
The Monarchs have no choice after thieves broke into their locker room on Saturday night and stole shoes and gear, including many of the team's home white jerseys. As a result, Old Dominion will wear its blue jerseys at home and on the road for the time being while it waits for a new shipment of white ones to arrive from Nike sometime next month.
Old Dominion issued a statement Monday indicating that a police report has been filed and university police are investigating. A spokesman said Monday that the school will have no further comment, but Old Dominion coach Blaine Taylor discussed the incident with Norfolk NBC affiliate WAVY the previous night.
"I've never had a break-in like this," Taylor said. "They took uniforms that would fit someone of a slighter build. They didn't take real big, big jerseys."
It's not surprising thieves would snatch Old Dominion's basketball shoes since those likely will fetch decent money, but the the jerseys will probably be very difficult to sell without attracting suspicion. You think university police will notice if some genius tries to auction a dozen game-worn Old Dominion basketball jerseys on eBay or Craigslist in the next few weeks?
Maybe the only good news for Old Dominion is the theft coincides nicely with a promotion the school had planned for Monday night against Northeastern.
Old Dominion had asked fans to wear blue to the game to create a "blue-out" in the stands. Now the Monarchs players will match too.