LAWRENCE — So what's the deal with Kansas' recent run of throwback uniforms? That was a popular question on Monday night as No. 15 Kansas took down No. 8 Iowa State 77-70 in Ames.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
For the second straight game, the Jayhawks wore an alternate uniform, this time a road grey uniform with a white "Kansas" in circus font on the front. Just two days earlier, KU wore a cream-colored alternate jersey with a cursive "Jayhawks" on the front.
They are the latest alternate jersey released by Adidas, KU’s uniform supplier, and KU officials say the Jayhawks will wear them intermittently through next season. It's not the first time Kansas has worn alternate jerseys. You might remember those Zubaz inspired shorts and tops from last season. Last June, Kansas renewed its partnership with Adidas through 2019, signing a six-year extension worth in excess of $26 million.
"We decided in late summer that we would have two more uniforms to wear throughout the year,&" KU coach Bill Self said. "Although a little different in color, both are definitely traditional from the fonts used in past going back several decades. We're excited about it. We'll be rotating the uniforms throughout the rest of the season."
On his radio show on Tuesday night, Self added that you might see the alternates even more than previously expected. Self said KU's current uniform design was his least favorite since he arrived at KU and he hoped to wear the alternates as much as possible.
One interesting thing about the road greys: The jerseys appear to have pinstripes, but the stripes are actually a series of words about the KU program:
According to KU, the stripes read: "Pay Heed. The game you love began here. Respect those who came before you. Make their legacy your own. Because destiny favors the dedicated. And rings don't replace work. In this game you don't get what you want. You get what you earn. We are Kansas. Together we rise. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
So that's the deal with the new uniforms. So far, Kansas is a perfect 2-0 in the new threads. Maybe we'll see them even more.