Photos, video: Miami Hurricanes unveil new throwback uniforms

Mark Richt addresses a crowd of about 500 onlookers at Miami's uniform unveiling. (Matt Porter)

Mark Richt addresses a crowd of about 1,000 onlookers at Miami’s uniform unveiling. (Matt Porter)

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The Hurricanes unveiled new Adidas uniforms Monday, showing off a look that recalls the championship teams of the 1980s and early ’90s.

Nearly 1,000 onlookers saw Miami’s new gear, which features simple striping and block numbers and letters. While the colors are similar, the look is much different than the uniforms Adidas designed for the Hurricanes in 2015, which have metallic, feather-like stripes and a number font Miami used beginning in the late ’90s.

Miami will wear them as its main uniform set going forward, beginning with its Oct. 8 home game against Florida State. It will wear orange jerseys (and white pants) in that game and Oct. 15 against North Carolina, and debut the white road jerseys (and orange pants) Oct. 20 at Virginia Tech.

“I like them a lot,” freshman wide receiver Ahmmon Richards said. “It’s a throwback. It’s like looking into the past. I like it.”

“I like them,” freshman safety Romeo Finley said. “A little something different. I like them a lot.”

“You’ve got to like them,” sophomore cornerback Sheldrick Redwine said. “New cleats. Going back to the white socks. Got that old-school vibe. I like the old-school socks.”

Junior quarterback Brad Kaaya weighed in on Twitter, saying, “Like coach said, swag is winning games. Plain and simple. Love the jerseys though” and adding a thumbs-up emoji.

Other details include white socks and cleats — Miami wore black in the early 2000s, in 2014 and for the first three games this year — and gloves bearing the traditional Sebastian the Ibis logo. UM said it is not doing away with black cleats and socks.

The crowd showered coach Mark Richt with adulation as he addressed them. Richt, who played quarterback at UM from 1978-82, joked that the uniforms “remind me of back in my day. They’re that old.”

He thanked the crowd for “blessing our players the way you do,” he said. “It’s been amazing. … We’ve had a good start, and a lot of it has to do with everybody believing in each other and trusting each other.”

Harry Rothwell, who runs the AllCanes retail store near campus, said the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, though some have complained that the jerseys don’t have a ‘U’ logo or identifying feature — other than the traditional orange-and-green colors.

But for older fans, seeing the new uniforms brought back some fond memories:

Some background on the new look, from our post last month:

When Adidas unveiled Miami’s latest jersey update at a South Beach club last July, it trumpeted them as a “throwback” look. However, the stripes — “feathers” to many, “Hurricane Stripes” in Adidas parlance — didn’t quite match that vibe.

The 2015 redesign did look a lot more traditional than some other getups Miami has worn.

Miami’s jerseys for the ’80s through 1994 were made by Russell Athletic. (Perhaps an old-timer can let me know who made them in the decades before that.)

The first jerseys Nike made were classic (see 1995199619971998 and 1999), but by 2000, like many outfitters, they veered into the land of new-age stripes.

The 2014 Nike uniforms, a complete departure in style, were worn for one 6-7 season.

In recent years, Miami has worn a few uniforms that didn’t really look like Miami, including smoke (2013, 2014), special white (Nike, 2009 and Adidas 2015) and black-and-camo (2015), with bizarre fonts and unique helmets.

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