Posted: 1:35 pm Friday, February 28th, 2014
By Matt Porter
Adding to buzz that has been building for months, UM announced Friday it will wear a new uniform design in 2014. It is the first redesign of the Hurricanes’ look since 2006. (Click here to see the new design and vote in our poll.)
“The timing is right and we want a uniform that speaks to our tradition, yet recognizes current trends,” UM coach Al Golden said in a press release. “Nike is working on innovative designs with the latest performance technology and we are excited to unveil them this spring.”
Last month, UM Athletic Director Blake James told the Post the program was working on a design and planned to show it off sometime in the coming months.
“I don’t want to stir up the fan base and say we’re going to come out and look significantly different,” James said, “but I’ll say our look will be even better next year than this year.”
The look UM has worn since 2006 – designed by Nike, as part of a partnership that dates back to the early ’90s – are familiar orange, green and white. Since taking over, Golden has phased out the green from UM’s look; last season, the Canes wore mostly orange at home and white (the “storm trooper” set) on the road.
There was also the “smoke” uniforms Miami unveiled Nov. 9; those now carry the unfortunate connotation of being worn during a miserable loss to Virginia Tech. UM wore the “smoke” helmets in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Louisville.
With an assist from HurricaneSports.com, here’s a glance at UM’s recent uniform history.
The all-orange look worn at home last season:
The all-white road uniforms, a.k.a. the “storm trooper” look:
Miami previously went white-on-orange at times:
The Canes also wore special edition uniforms in 2009 …
… and 2010 …
… and 2013.
The green hasn’t been used in the Golden era (note: personally, I think it looks good, especially with the black socks and cleats):
The Canes had a slightly different look from 2004-06.
We don’t have permission to use photos of other historical uniforms (stealing copyrighted images is against the law, after all), but if you want to nerd out further, this website has you covered.
There you’ll find artist’s renderings of Canes jerseys dating back to 1930.
You can even buy a cool poster: