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VIDEO: WMU's new uniforms a perfect mix of past and present

by Carolyn Binder

A new season of college football is upon us, and with it comes uniform changes for a lot of teams around the FBS ranks. It may come as a surprise to some, but just because I am a woman doesn’t mean I’m savvy as far as fashion goes. I’m definitely a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. Call this another stereotype, but I was really shocked when I discovered just how many teams were making uniform changes for the upcoming season, 38 and counting to be exact. I thought women were supposed to be the vain ones.

Western Michigan is among the teams making a change in 2013. 

The Broncos are returning to their roots, ditching the long-used gold pants for an all white uniform with brown lettering and brown socks. This vintage look can either be worn with a white or brown helmet. There will also be a black option with gold lettering and gold on the helmets. It will be the first time since 1973 that WMU will wear white helmets, and the first appearance since 1997 for the brown lids. Also, gone are the straps across the shoulders and pant legs of both uniforms.

The modern touch to the fresh look includes the newly-designed “Ghost Bronco” logo on one side of the helmets with the player’s uniform number on the other side. Player achievement stickers will be added in the form of crossing oars and the team’s new mantra under Coach P.J. Fleck, Row the Boat. **Video courtesy of WMU Athletics/Bronco Insider

It’s easy to surmise the wardrobe change stems from Coach Fleck’s unrelenting passion to turn a new page for the football program, and this new look will certainly is a step in the right direction in that regard. In my humble opinion, this uniform is the perfect balance between the team’s past and present. Even if they are just uniforms, they symbolize the new beginning for a first-year head coach and a team desperate for success while also acknowledging the history behind the teams that got them here. 

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