AMHERST — The new University of Massachusetts football jerseys were sharp, no doubt about it. They fit better, the material is of higher quality, and for what it’s worth from a newspaper reporter with no experience in the fashion industry, they were stylish.
But that isn’t the point. At least not to some UMass players.
It was the small patch on the right shoulder sewn on to the jersey — the Mid-American Conference logo.
“Actually seeing that little MAC symbol on there marks it officially,” senior safety Darren Thellen said. “We’re in the MAC now. No more CAA”
The shoulder patch certainly isn’t the only stylistic change to the uniforms. Gone are the black accent patches on the sides of the jerseys. The numbers on the shoulders have gotten significantly smaller, and UMass has been added to the front. (MassLive)
Well, UMass has finally joined the big time. They finally made the move to Division 1, a move that I argued should have happened years ago. And this move was celebrated with the unveiling of new uniforms (photos). There was speculation that this would be the new design. Not a bad look, but I think sticking with the maroon was the right thing to do.
I’ve always been a big fan of maroon and white as a color scheme. When done well, it’s one of the best looks out there. While I wish that they had gone with something a bit more traditional, it looks sharp nonetheless.
It will be fun to watch them take on UConn on September 1, hopefully starting the Battle of I-91 that I proposed months ago. Unfortunately, it looks as though they will not be able to face ACC member and in-state foe Boston College until 2014 due to Division 1 scheduling requirements. Although it was laughable when UMass head coach Charley Molnar stated that “there’s no reason why we can’t be the Number 1 team in New England,” an in-state rivalry will be fun for fans of both teams. Either way, it’s great to have another Division 1 program in the Northeast.