On Sunday evening — just one day after it was reported that UConn will leave the American Athletic Conference and rejoin the Big East in 2020 — the Huskies unveiled brand new football uniforms.
Never mind the UConn football program accounts for the biggest chunk of the athletic department’s $41 million deficit and faces an uncertain future (since the Big East doesn’t sponsor football), the Huskies felt it was time for an upgrade.
UConn has been wearing the same uniforms since 2015, but ditched them in favor of a new set that somewhat resembles the team’s look during head coach Randy Edsall’s first stint in East Hartford. That includes the rounded, double-outline numbers that first appeared on the Huskies’ Aeropostale set in 2003.
The new uniforms — which are on Nike’s Vapor Untouchable template rather than the older Speed Machine template — are also completely devoid of red, which has become an accent color for the program in recent years.
Among other notable changes, UConn has re-added a traditional stripe to the pants and simplified the sleeve design.
The Huskies will now use blue and white helmets with a Block “C” on both sides full time, a look regularly worn by the program from 2003-12 that retuned on a part-time basis (six games) last season.
“I’ve been wanting that to happen,” Edsall said of the helmets when UConn announced it would be getting new uniforms last summer. “I think it’s great. I think it symbolizes a winning tradition. It symbolizes winning. It symbolizes one of the best eras that they’ve had here at UConn football. What’s significant with the Block ‘C’ is it incorporates the State of Connecticut. Anytime you can build on tradition, it’s something you should do.”
Like every other FBS and FCS school, the Huskies will also wear a College Football 150 patch above the conference patch on the right shoulder to commemorate the 150th anniversary of college football’s first game.
Check out more photos of the uniforms below: