Memphis basketball in orange and purple uniforms?
A source close to the school told CBSSports.com early Friday that there were plans for Memphis to hold a FedEx Appreciation Night during Wednesday's game against SMU -- at FedExForum, it's worth noting -- in which the Tigers would wear FedEx's orange and purple colors instead of their traditional blue and white. In fact, jerseys had been developed. But by Friday afternoon -- after questions started being asked -- a separate source told CBSSports.com that FedEx and Memphis nixed the plan, fearing a backlash both locally and nationally about an NCAA team blurring the lines between amateur sports and commercial revenue.
FedEx is a Memphis-based company that heavily supports the University of Memphis.
According to a source, the NCAA had been contacted.
Memphis was told it could wear the colors as long as the word "FedEx" didn't appear anywhere.
Click this link to see the proposed orange and purple Memphis jersey.