Butch Jones hosts fashion show unveiling new Tennessee uniforms
JaCall Stewart and David Carter took a quick peek at the University of Tennessee’s new football look.
That was all it took for them to form opinions of both the new “smokey” gray uniform and changes to the traditional orange-and-white attire.
After viewing color photos of the uniforms, they virtually parroted each other in saying, “I like them.”
“I like the new colors,” said JaCall, pausing while strolling through Market Square in downtown Knoxville late Thursday afternoon. “I thought it was original.”
Even the smaller changes caught David’s eye.
“It’s good for the updates to the outfits,” he said. “I like the new logos. It’s better for the team and the fans to look at something new.”
Those were two opinions from a totally random survey on the new look. Both JaCall and David are 14 years old.
Alan Moore, 28, thinks someone’s perspective on the uniforms likely depends, to a certain degree, on their age. He referred to the black jerseys UT wore for the Halloween home game against the University of South Carolina in 2009 and how they were received.
“It was a generational thing, I think,” said Moore, a lawyer who received his undergraduate degree from UT. “I think the older generation doesn’t like change. I think most young people are OK with doing something new.”
Bob Dickie agreed. He’s a season-ticket holder and a former track and cross country athlete at UT. He thinks that being 39 enables him to see both sides of any generation gap.
“I’ve got my feet in both worlds,” he said. “I’m young enough to have a lot of friends who are millenials. They love it.
“My dad wouldn’t get it. He would be at a loss for words.”
Dickie said he grew up with the orange and white and loves the tradition. But he also believes the new uniforms represent an “arms race” among schools that can impact recruiting. Dickie said that his younger brother, Jeremy, is on UT’s track team and compares his gear to what athletes at other universities receive.
“It’s a completely different day for my brother than what I went through,” Dickie said.