Posted by Adam Jacobi
Continuing a rather popular theme from this offseason, the latest team to unveil a new set of uniforms is ... (shakes Magic 8-Ball) ... Purdue! The Boilermakers had their old uniform design for five years, so clearly something had to be done. Ladies, and gentlemen, here is that something:
Yeah, that's the same color scheme, and the helmets are essentially the same (different center stripe) too. There's just three different sets of pants and two jerseys now, and the numbers have a new font. Not to be flip about it all, but that merited a press conference?
In fact, if there's one thing to be celebrating here, it's the otherworldly moustache on display by Chris Carlino, a senior backup linebacker who was almost certainly chosen for this unveiling solely for his soup strainer. That is a top-caliber, grade-A, All-American moustache. Let's see it some more.
And he's only a backup? Well, that's your problem right there, Danny Hope. You've got this moustache for the ages on your team, just waiting to be the keystone of a defense desperately in need of leadership, and it's just sitting on the sideline. Surely a school like Purdue -- one that has employed moustache aficianados as head football coaches for the past 14 years -- can appreciate the power of a well-crafted handlebar like Carlino's, no?
[VIDEO: Carlino "just gonna rock it for a while"]
Anyway, there's a whole set of pictures from the conference on Purdue's Facebook page, though there are so few noteworthy sartorial flourishes that we can't in good conscience say it'd be worth one's time to click through. And sure, when it comes to football, the uniforms pale in importance to the actual play on the field itself, so yes, this is pretty shallow criticism. But Purdue's the one who called a press conference over what amounts to different numbers and more pants, so nobody's really above reproach here.
Except for Chris Carlino, of course.