In association with Nike, UK unveiled new football uniforms and a special-occasion basketball uniform on Friday during a press conference at Commonwealth Stadium.
The football uniforms — modeled by players C.J. Conrad, Jojo Kemp and Courtney Love — vary only slightly from last season’s model. The checkerboard diagram on the sleeves is more prominent. The uniforms feature a blue collar. And a new open-mouth Wildcat logo is located on the pants. The helmets will have the new university-wide, interlocking “UK” logo, which features more of a “crooked K” out front.
There is also a new black football uniform with a black helmet. Nike representative Keith Crawford said that the new color will be known as “Anthracite” in a nod to the commonwealth’s coal history.
“I think they’re really cool,” said Conrad, a sophomore tight end, who modeled the “Anthracite” uniform and helmet. “It shows that there’s still belief. There’s a lot of belief in this program, shows excitement. It gets us riled up. It gets us ready to play. I know we should be ready to play to start with, but anything that could help, they’re going to do. And I think that shows a lot that our administration is willing to do that.”
UK senior Alex Poythress modeled the basketball uniform, which also varies slightly from the current model. The uniform will be worn one time only, for Kentucky’s road game at South Carolina on Feb. 13.
The new primary logo with the “crooked K” has not met unanimous approval since its soft launch. UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said Friday he understood not all fans are going to be happy with the changes.
“The purpose is just to try and evolve,” Barnhart said. “Things take time and you continue to work with them. The goal of the whole thing was to bring the K out in front and make it more prominent. We achieved that and we like where it is.”