Reaction to the “smokey” uniforms unveiled by the Tennessee Volunteers on Thursday has been mixed, but one person who’s clearly a fan of the alternate unis is head coach Butch Jones.
When Jones spoke about the new duds, he emphasized that the Volunteers weren’t about to become the new Oregon:
Make no mistake about it, we don’t want to be a program that has wholesale changes. It’s a tradition-rich program. There’s only one Tennessee. We’re not going to be a program that’s all over the place with their uniforms. That’s not going to be the case. (USA Today Sports)
You look at any great company, any great organization, they’re always staying ahead of the times. They’re always embracing change. We have the best colors in the country and now with the smoky gray jersey, I think that just adds to it.
Jones said the uniforms have already made a positive impression on potential recruits. In the ultra-competitive SEC, anything that can help your program get a leg-up on the competition, even if that thing is as simple as a new jersey, is valuable and worthwhile. Really, though, we should all be grateful that despite all the schools looking to spice up their wardrobes in 2013, there’s still thankfully only one Oregon. I don’t think my eyes could handle another.
[Source: USA Today Sports]