Nike to Produce Camouflage Jerseys for Military-Themed College Basketball Games

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2012

2012 Michigan State Uniforms for Friday's Armed Forces Classic / Via @MSU_Basketball
2012 Michigan State Uniforms for Friday's Armed Forces Classic / Via @MSU_Basketball

For college basketball fans who loved the Carrier Classic in 2011 between Michigan State and North Carolina that took place on the USS Carl Vinson and the awesome military uniforms that came with it, there is great news on the horizon.

There are even more new military-themed jerseys coming this November thanks to the help of Nike.


UPDATE: Tuesday, November 6 at 4:33 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Here's a look at Marquette's Carrier Classic jerseys, via ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell:

FIRST LOOK: Marquette's Carrier Classic Uniform #mubb…

— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 6, 2012


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UPDATE: Monday, November 5 at 7:31 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Ohio State basketball released a picture of the complete uniform for the Armed Forces Classic via Twitter:

Here is all the @carrierclassic game gear together from our friends @nikebasketball #UnitedWeStand #ithanku…

— OSU Basketball (@OhioStateHoops) November 5, 2012


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UPDATE: Sunday, November 4, 3:20 p.m. ET by Donald Wood 

The Michigan State Spartans’ uniforms for Friday's Armed Forces Classic against Connecticut at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany have been revealed via the basketball team’s official Twitter:

Here's the complete uniform including camouflage shoes and socks for the #ArmedForcesClassic

— Spartan Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) November 4, 2012

Nike didn’t stray too far from the success they had with these jerseys last year, but instead darkened the colors a bit and made the uniforms even more appealing.

These are great jerseys for a great cause.

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ESPN’s Andy Katz is reporting on the military-themed uniform idea, when they will be used and which teams will be adorned in the new jerseys:

Nike has special camouflage jerseys for the eight teams participating in the military-themed games on Nov. 9 just like it did last year for Michigan State and North Carolina in the Carrier Classic in San Diego. Michigan State's Draymond Green made an impressive gesture when he led the team to give their jerseys to the troops on the USS Carl Vinson. The camouflage jerseys were a big hit with the players. All eight schools participating in the games are Nike-sponsored schools: Michigan State-Connecticut in Ramstein Air Base in Germany; Syracuse-San Diego State in San Diego; Florida-Georgetown in Jacksonville; Ohio State-Marquette in Charleston, S.C.

While college sports in general have always accomplished many great feats for the student-athletes, the idea of giving back to the troops in this manner is a great idea for the sport and for the military.

What better way to celebrate the Armed Services than by traveling to their bases and putting on great college basketball games in military-themed attire. As long as they give their uniforms to the soldiers afterward, this will become one of the best traditions in all of sports.


What It Means

Last year’s Carrier Classic was one of the coolest events of the college basketball season and one of the best ways to kick the year off correctly.

With the hype from the 2011 event is still fresh in everyone’s mind, you can expect the NCAA to outdo itself this year.

The additions of more teams to the mix will result in a great blend of unique designs, but it will be the thought behind them that makes each so special. Any time the country can support the military in any way, it should be embraced by the masses.


What’s Next?

As great as this is for the service men and women, this is just as exciting for the players themselves and the fans who support them. With the craze over alternate uniforms in all sports, these new jerseys will be a hit.

While Michigan State already had one designed for it last year, programs like Connecticut, Florida, Georgetown, Ohio State and Marquette all have amazing color schemes.

Add in the military theme, and these are bound to be the coolest uniforms in college basketball history. It doesn’t hurt that they’re for a good cause, either.


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