Miami Hurricanes football adding black and green jerseys for 2017

Mark Richt addresses a crowd of about 500 onlookers at Miami's uniform unveiling. (Matt Porter)
Mark Richt addresses a crowd of about 500 onlookers at Miami’s Sept. 2016 uniform unveiling. (Matt Porter)

[The 2017 guide to watching Hurricanes football]

This fall, the Hurricanes will add a twist to their old-school look.

Green and black alternate jerseys, which Mark Richt previously said were “a possibility down the road,” will be worn for select games this season, according to a source. Those games will be announced at a later date.

Last year, Richt supported the change to a traditional uniform, in the style of the ones Miami wore in the 1980s and early ’90s.

“I think that’s a really classy look for our program, and one that I want to continue to have as long as I’m around,” said Richt, who played quarterback at UM from 1978-82, after the Hurricanes wore Adidas-designed throwbacks last Oct. 8 against Florida State.

The new jerseys, according to sources, will feature similar striping patterns as the ones UM unveiled last year. It’s unclear if new helmets are also in the works.

Here’s a hastily-done mockup of what green jerseys could look like, with UM’s traditional white lids:

Miami is adding alternate looks for 2017. (Getty Images photo, Post illustration)
Miami is adding alternate looks for 2017. (Getty Images photo, Post illustration)

A possibility raised by one source: Miami could unveil a black-themed look for its Oct. 12 game against Georgia Tech. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, during which sports teams, especially in football, typically wear pink-accented uniforms. For that game — a Thursday night (8 p.m.) showdown on ESPN — Miami could go black, with pink gloves and cleats. It’s unclear if black pants are in the offing.

The new standard Miami introduced last year reminded many, including Richt, of UM’s championship days.

The home jerseys were orange, with white numbers outlined in green, and green and white shoulder stripes.

The road jerseys were white, with green numbers outlined in orange, and green and orange shoulder stripes.

Pants, which could be worn with either jersey, were white with orange and green stripes, and orange with green and white stripes.

UM’s sock-and-cleats combinations were white on white, black on black, and for the Russell Athletic Bowl against West Virginia, white on orange.

When Adidas unveiled Miami’s latest jersey update at a South Beach club in July 2015, it trumpeted them as a “throwback” look. However, the stripes — “feathers” to many, “Hurricane Stripes” in corporate designer parlance — didn’t quite match that vibe. But they looked a lot more traditional than some of Miami’s other recent getups.

Miami’s jerseys for the ’80s through 1994 were made by Russell Athletic (it’s unclear who made them in the decades before that.)

Brad Kaaya throws at an Aug. 2016 Miami practice in front of quarterbacks Malik Rosier (left) and Jack Allison. (AP)
Miami’s black game jerseys will look different than the ones quarterbacks wear in practice. (AP)


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 (20132014), special white (Nike, 2009 and Adidas 2015) and black-and-camo (2015), with bizarre fonts and unique helmets.

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