Tennessee will be tweaking its iconic orange and white uniforms in 2013, adding a symbol to reinforce new coach Butch Jones’ emphasis on the Vols as a statewide team.
The Vols will wear a state of Tennessee patch above players’ names on both the home and road jerseys, Jones confirmed to the News Sentinel on Monday.
Tennessee will also add a checkerboard background to the orange numbers on road uniforms. Jones said the changes, first reported Monday by Volquest.com, would be minor and subtle and would reinforce his statewide message.
Although Tennessee has never varied much from its traditional colors, the Vols have used different uniforms in the past.
In 2009, the Vols wore black jerseys with orange pants during a Halloween game against South Carolina. That combination was named the third-worst uniform combination ever by the popular Uni Watch blog.
UT wore all orange in the 2007 SEC Championship Game. Tennessee has also experimented with piping of various colors and sizes on the sides of pants over the last decade.
Tennessee opens the season Aug. 31 against Austin Peay at Neyland Stadium. Players officially report for practice on Aug. 1.
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