N.C. State's new football uniforms have a clean, classic look.
The word "State" is on the front, above the numbers, with the block "S" logo on the back, above the player's last name. There are no stripes on the jerseys or pants, just solid colors — red for home and white on the road.
"There's no nonsense," senior defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy said Tuesday, "kind of like coach O'Brien."
The football uniforms won't be the only ones to feature the word "State." The basketball team will also go back to using "State," which was on the front of the jerseys of both the 1974 and 1983 national championship teams. (The "NC" was added in the 1990s).
"Our fans identify with 'State,'" Wolfpack athletic director Debbie Yow said Tuesday. "That's who we are."
Adidas makes the football uniforms, which will be lighter and cooler than the previous version. The shade of red is also a truer "Wolfpack" red than the one featured on last year's jerseys.
Last year's football jerseys did not have any lettering on the front. They had a smallish wolf logo, like the statue out in front of the Murphy Center, above the numbers. That logo is gone.
photo credit: Ethan Hyman, N&O