Over the offseason, there was some buzz as to whether UCLA would be trying out some radically different alternate uniforms this season.
We now have our answer: UCLA will indeed be wearing
black dark navy, throwback-esque uniforms for the homecoming game against Arizona on November 3. Here’s a screenshot of the email sent out by UCLA, via our friend Jason Garcia:
This is an interesting and quite radical change from the norm. UCLA hasn’t worn black (or dark navy; it’s really tough to tell) uniforms in-game before, and black (or dark navy) has never really been part of the color scheme.
Either way, the reviews for this jersey will be mixed. While some fans are going to welcome such different uniforms and a nice break from the gorgeous, punch-y blue, others will undoubtedly be upset that UCLA aren’t regularly wearing its 1960s uniforms.
Another neat thing about this jersey, though, it’s that it’s kind of a throwback. The numbers are reminiscent of the jerseys from the 1980s/1990s and the long-forgotten but rarely-missed UCLA stripes seem to be making a comeback, or at least that’s what it looks like.
Also unknown, though, is the color of the helmet. UCLA could end up rolling with a black or dark navy blue helmet — just as the frat boy on the right displays on his t-shirt — but it wouldn’t be surprising if UCLA went with the traditional gold helmets. (UPDATE: The helmet will indeed be dark navy.)
This is going to be an interesting jersey and easily the most different UCLA has worn in awhile. Last season, the Bruins’ alternates were all-white jerseys in the same throwback vein. Those didn’t look too bad, but they were debuted on a road game against USC and the team lost 50-0. We’re pretty sure they won’t be using those any time soon.
What do you think, though, UCLA fans? You dig the look?