BYU to wear new uniforms only at Homecoming after player backlash
BYU announced changes to the Cougars' football uniforms in 2013, replacing the names on the back with values. Players responded negatively, and the team opted to wear the uniforms only at Homecoming.
On Thursday afternoon, BYU announced changes to the football uniform for the 2013 season. The place where last names once were on the back of the jerseys now read "spirit" "honor," or "tradition."
Cougars coach Bronco Mendenhall said the change was his idea, and he took credit for selecting the words. In fact, the players had no idea the change was coming until they saw the uniforms on Thursday.
"I still haven't addressed it yet, so it will be interesting to see what they think," Mendenhall told the Salt Lake Tribune.
As soon as BYU released the initial photo on Twitter, fans and players alike started expressing their displeasure with the decision. All-American candidate Kyle Van Noy was one of the few players to go on the record, choosing his words carefully when speaking to the Tribune.
"I am not really sure how I feel about them yet," Van Noy said. "One thing I have enjoyed about playing here at BYU is having the last names on the backs of the jerseys."
By Thursday evening, the decision was reversed. Bronco Mendenhall announced that the Cougars would wear the new uniforms only for the Homecoming game against Georgia Tech on Oct. 12.
Talked to my team tonite. They want to wear tradition spirit honor on jerseys for homecoming only. Last names for rest of the year. PERFECT!— Coach Mendenhall (@BYU_Football) August 9, 2013
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