Each team is wanting the greatest and latest trend, especially when it comes with jerseys. Although shoes can be a high fashion point on the hard wood, the jerseys are always visible and a key way to show of their school. However, with many NCAA rules, not every jersey is allowed to debut when the clock starts.
As shown earlier, Robert Griffin III wore the new Baylor basketball jerseys that Adidas had unveiled this March.
The Baylor Bears’ jersey has their slogan “sic ’em bears”
NCAA ruled out the Bears’ jerseys with the statement that “the team is not allowed to wear the uniforms because only a team name or mascot can be on the front of a jersey” (sourced from Yahoo sports).
This same problem came up in 2013 in Iowa City with the Iowa
Hawkeye basketball team when they wanted to honor former, Chris Street. The Hawkeyes were looking forward to wearing special uniforms with “street” on the back of everyone’s jerseys where their last names would be. However the Hawkeyes found other ways to honor the great Street with shirts that said “if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end” and badges on their jerseys.
This brings up the question that why do the NCAA care so much about the representation of the schools. If the school is being represented in a respectful matter then why is one jersey better than the other? For example, Notre Dame’s jerseys say “Fighting Irish”, which seems comparable to the “sic ’em bears” jerseys however the fighting irish is the actual mascot for Notre Dame. It will be interesting to see where jerseys are allowed to go as the desire to become individual and unique continues in the sporting world.