Michigan State Football: It's a Jersey Thing!

Jim JonesContributor IIINovember 2, 2010

EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 23: Jerel Worthy #99 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates a defensive play against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on October 23, 2010 in Evanston, Illinois. Michigan State defeated Northwestern 35-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Michigan State needs to modify its road jerseys. The charcoal gray tone of the shoulders is absolutely unacceptable for a program that chants “Go Green, Go White!” not “Go Charcoal Gray!”


*It has been brought to my attention, that the Jerseys are not gray and fiddling with my computer monitor the jerseys do appear more greenish, than on TV. Either way there is a lighter and more distinct green that is used on the numbering, helmets, etc. and looks better then the charcoal'ish green color used on the shoulders and alternate jersey, at least in my opinion. If anyone can confirm whether or not the jerseys are gray, or dark green, that would be great. 


I mean what the heck was Hollis thinking? The charcoal gray colors must have slipped in under the cover of the Spartan Logo debacle, because I have heard few fans approve of MSU's new “third color.” To be honest, I kept telling myself that it was my TV set that made the jerseys gray, I just couldn't believe that we would have anything but green and white on them.

Listen, don't get me wrong, Mark Hollis is doing an absolutely brilliant job at Michigan State.

He has kept Izzo onboard and happy even though the man has had suitcases of cash plopped in front of him, along with NBA offers. Apparently, even the bottomless checkbook of Nike at Oregon couldn't sway him, and that's saying something.

He brought Rick Comley in to coach hockey and in 2007 the Spartans won their third national championship. Readers need not be reminded of the success that Coach Dantonio is having with the football team, but what they should be reminded of is how Hollis chose him out of many qualified candidates.

At the time, some argued that his resume wasn't as impressive as other applicants, but Hollis was able to see that Dantonio was the right man for the job, and a coach who would remain committed to the program.

Hollis was dead on in that choice.

Furthermore, MiSt's smaller sports have been showing a surge of success. These days it seems like just about every program is ranked in the top 25, and Hollis is a big reason for that. The man is building an incredible thing at Michigan State, so hats off.

But Hollis needs to start trusting himself and his staff a whole lot more, and Nike a whole lot less. Just look at the Oregon Ducks—each year they get a new Jersey style, and somehow Nike finds a way to make each new addition uglier than the last.

This year the Ducks' away Jerseys aren't so bad, but my goodness what about the black and yellow home versions? The players look like they are wearing black sweat pants and...honestly I can't even describe the highlighter-yellow shirts.

I admit, the new jerseys are growing on me, but they would look a heck of a lot better, and a whole lot more “Spartan” if they dropped the charcoal gray and went with Michigan State green.