New Tennessee men's basketball uniform unveiled

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Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon shows the 2013 jersey at a recent photoshoot.

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Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon shows the 2013 jersey at a recent photoshoot.

No fashion show was necessary.

In the aftermath of Tennessee football’s elaborate uniform unveiling in mid-August, UT basketball revealed its new uniforms this week with little fanfare.

The Vols utilized Instagram, an online photo-sharing social network, to release pictures of UT players donning the new digs. All the pictures featured players wielding a sledgehammer as part of new marketing campaign dubbing the team, “A Tougher Breed.”

Alterations from UT’s 2012-13 uniform to 2013-14 are minor, but noticeable.

“I like them,” coach Cuonzo Martin said Wednesday. “My biggest thing was orange and white. I just wanted that classic orange and white.”

Martin got his wish. All non-orange accents have been removed from the uniform.

Gone from a year ago is black trim around names and numbers with “TENNESSEE” being arced over the jersey numbers.

Instead, Tennessee is written straight across the chest. The font is slightly smaller and in slightly blocked lettering. The numbering is sleeker, raised and textured.

All trim on the jerseys remain the same.

UT’s shorts are unchanged as well — a featured power T in a wave of cascading mini-power Ts coming off a thin stripe.

“It’s not old school — it’s fresh and cool, but I’m not some kind of designer,” Martin said.

As for the possibility of following in UT football’s “smokey” gray uniform footsteps, Martin said he’s still waiting to see prototypes.

Representatives from Adidas will visit with Martin in the fall to present alternate uniform options, including the gray selection.

“I’m open to it. If I like it, the staff and administration likes it, and most importantly, the players like it, we’ll do it,” Martin said. “But the players, they’ve got to like and embrace it. You know, they gotta wear it.”

Last season’s alternate uniform featured an orange-on-orange look. The jerseys were a lighter, bright orange, while player names, numbers and “TENNESSEE” appeared in a slightly darker orange with white bordering. Bright all-orange shoes accompanied the ensemble.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee football and men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn.

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maciste54 writes:

Love love love it ! All Orange and White ! Way to go.

johnlg00 writes:

Me too. Clean and classic. The main attraction this year should be the players IN the uniforms rather than a bunch of frills ON them.

VolDoginFl writes:

Yes all orange and white! Wish the alternate football uniform was all orange instead of the gray. If they just had to add in gray I wish they had done it all orange with gray stripes and gray helmet or something. Anyway it doesn't matter what color right now, they just need to improve so what happened last Saturday never happens again. I do like the basketball uniform!

Sauce writes:

Does anyone know why home basketball teams in the SEC always have to wear white jerseys?

bUTch__please writes:

in response to Sauce:

Does anyone know why home basketball teams in the SEC always have to wear white jerseys?

Back in the day, before air conditioning, the white uniform was considered cooler therefore providing an edge to the home team. The football teams wear the dark jersey at home to hide the football better.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to bUTch__please:

Back in the day, before air conditioning, the white uniform was considered cooler therefore providing an edge to the home team. The football teams wear the dark jersey at home to hide the football better.

Interesting explanation. I always thought it was so the home fans could see all the different colors of the opponent's uniforms, and that was why I always wondered why more football teams didn't do the same. Several NFL teams hardly ever wear their colored jerseys unless they have to; the choice of uniform colors belongs to the home team. Also, in the pre-color-TV era, it was necessary for the convenience of the viewing audience for one team to wear a light color, usually white, and the other to wear a dark color.

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