Plenty of storied college football programs have messed with their uniforms over the years: Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Nebraska — among others — have all tinkered with ugly or otherwise regrettable designs.
But Alabama has not changed it’s basic look since before coach Nick Saban was born, and he’d like to keep it that way.
The simple crimson-and-white duds have been an Alabama staple for what seems like forever, and Saban doesn’t want to hand them over to his “friends at Nike who always want to come up with some new uniform for us to wear.”
The coach addressed the topic during his Thursday night radio show.
“I’m such a traditionalist,” he said. “Everybody has an idea or what Alabama football players are supposed to look like when they come out of the tunnel. In terms of the uniform that they wore, and the uniform that we wear. And that’s not a tradition that I think anybody has a right to mess with.”
What about new recruits and a generation of players that make decisions entirely based on uniform combinations?
Saban is not worried about his current roster.
“They buy into it,” he said. “It’s the standard. It’s the expectation that we have.”
The Crimson Tide will wear their traditional white uniforms at Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon (3:30 pm ET, CBS).