If you like the way the Hurricanes look in green jerseys, take a few pictures this week. It could be the last time they wear them for a while.
Miami’s change to a throwback look, which takes effect Oct. 8 against Florida State, means it won’t keep the green in its uniform rotation. For the rest of the season, beginning with the FSU game, Miami will wear orange jerseys at home, and white jerseys on the road.
Richt, a UM quarterback from 1978-82, prefers his teams wear a traditional, non-gimmicky uniform. That’s evidenced by his teams at Georgia. The Bulldogs mostly wore red and white, though their rarely worn black jerseys were a hot topic among fans.
Miami could wear special jerseys at a later date, Athletics Director Blake James previously said, but doesn’t plan to do so this year. Any future alternates likely wouldn’t look like the “305 ice” or “military black” getups worn last year.
Probably a good thing if you believe in jersey luck. Miami lost at Cincinnati in its icy whites. It suffered the most lopsided defeat in program history the last time it wore green tops. Last time at Georgia Tech, it donned a never-before-seen color combination (green helmets, orange jerseys, green pants). That game didn’t go well, either.
The Hurricanes wore green occasionally under Butch Davis, Larry Coker and Randy Shannon but rarely under Al Golden (except for 2014, when Miami took a sartorial left turn; and the 2015 games against Clemson and Virginia Tech).
So why are they wearing green Saturday?
First, Georgia Tech is a rarity in college football in that it prefers to wear white at home (LSU is another example). The NCAA asks road teams to wear white, home teams to wear a team color. In fact, that became a bylaw in 1983 (in 2009, it was amended to say teams must wear jerseys of contrasting colors, though home white and road dark remains the standard).
Miami wore its old orange uniforms twice at home already and hadn’t gone green. Also, debuting the throwbacks at Georgia Tech wasn’t appealing with FSU in town next week — a game in which UM will honor its 1991 national championship team, an inspiration for the new-old look.