Dallas Colleges: Nike

SMU signs five-year deal with Nike

January, 24, 2012
SMU and Nike have entered into a five-year agreement that will make Nike the official provider of apparel, footwear and equipment for the Mustangs' athletic teams, it was announced Tuesday. The agreement will be effective beginning with the 2012-13 school year.

"We are excited to announce this partnership between SMU Athletics and Nike," athletics director Steve Orsini said in a statement.

TCU has new uniforms, helmets

July, 28, 2011
TCU UniformsCourtesy TCUTCU's uniforms got another makeover for Gary Patterson's team heading into the 2011 season.

TCU will have a new look when the 2011 football season begins. It's an updated look of sorts for the Frogs, as you can see by the photo.

They'll have two different options for dark jerseys -- the purple top with black pants or the black top with purple pants. The traditional all white TCU uniform on the road (one of my favorites) looks similar, except there's some black added.

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Courtesy TCUTCU's helmet no longer has a horned frog, but instead has a reptilian skin look to it and a black stripe on top.
One big change is that the Frog is no longer on the helmet. It's purple (and has lizard -- or Horned Frog -- skin around it) with the TCU. The old one had a little frog below the TCU, which I liked. But this does give the entire uniform a cleaner look. There is a black stripe on the top of the helmet as well.

You may remember the uniform flap the Frogs had before the Rose Bowl. There was talk of wearing a new Nike Combat uniform that didn't include enough purple. TCU made a change, but that uniform didn't completely match. This incorporates the purple and looks good from top to bottom.

What do you think?

TCU needs to wear purple in Rose Bowl

December, 14, 2010

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comTCU's new uniforms look the same, but the technology involved is far more advanced.
Nike unveiled the new TCU uniforms for the Rose Bowl and it was what they didn't have that bothered me the most (and many of you, judging by my inbox). Missing, for the most part, is purple. Yes, it's in the socks and on the trim of the pants.

But this is the Rose Bowl. The tradition-rich Rose Bowl. It's high-profile and a chance to re-introduce the country to the TCU brand. That brand is purple, not black.

I understand the idea of wearing different uniforms and what it means to recruits. They love them. I have no problem with that. And I'm OK with sporting a new look for the Rose Bowl. But make sure to include the school's traditional colors. Why not wear what TCU wore in the Utah game last year? It was different, but included a purple jersey. I'd prefer the purple helmets, but at least make something predominately purple.

I was also confused by the red trim on the shoes and on the wrist bands. TCU doesn't have red in its color scheme, not to mention the Horned Frogs are playing Wisconsin, which will bring plenty of red-clad fans to Pasadena.

Drop the red, add the purple. Just my two cents. Your thoughts?

Nike unveils new TCU uniform for Rose Bowl

December, 14, 2010
A new TCU uniform was unveiled Tuesday at Cowboys Stadium for the Horned Frogs' first Rose Bowl appearance as a part of Nike's national Media Summit.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comTCU's new uniforms look the same, but the technology involved is far more advanced.
The uniform looks almost identical to the Pro Combat uniform Nike made for the Frogs' season opener at Cowboys Stadium against Oregon State, featuring a black jersey, grey pants with a scale print and a sliver helmet with the "bloodline" red streaks across the top.

The new jersey is all black, removing purple accents from the first edition. Also different is the addition of purple socks.

The footwear features Nike's new Alpha Talon technology which has small, talon-like cleats that extend out of the sole of the shoe when it makes impact with the ground. The cleats are grey with purple accents and a red Nike logo.

The entire uniform was designed to be as light and durable as possible to give players more speed and flexibility on the field. Some features include chainmail woven mesh vents in the pants and jerseys, added padding sewn into the uniform and stretchable numbers.

Oregon, Florida and Boise State's new uniforms were also displayed at the event.

First look at TCU's new Nike uniform

September, 1, 2010
The TCU Horned Frogs will wear a new Nike-designed uniform in Saturday's season-opener at Cowboys Stadium against Oregon State. Those uniforms, which will vary slightly from last season's Nike uniforms that the Frogs wore twice, including in the Fiesta Bowl, were unveiled at 9 a.m. today during a launch event in New York City.

Nine other schools will also get their first look at the so-called Nike Pro Combat System of Dress uniform.

TCU was represented at Wednesday morning's launch by equipment manager Matt Lewis, who last year received the 2010 Glenn Sharp Award, recognizing the National Equipment Manager of the Year by the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA).

Lewis also apparently had a hand in the design of the Nike uniform the Frogs wore last season.

New TCU uniforms to be unveiled in NYC

August, 30, 2010
Gone are the blood-red stripes on the helmet of the special Nike uniforms that the TCU Horned Frogs broke out last season against Utah and again in the Fiesta Bowl against Boise State. The Frogs will debut another new concoction courtesy of Nike and its Pro Combat System of Dress. The school is being hush-hush on when TCU will wear them, but it's expected the team will don the uniforms for Saturday's season opener against Oregon State at Cowboys Stadium. The game is on ESPN.

The uniforms will be unveiled during a Nike launch event in New York City, which will be attended by a few TCU officials, plus a "special TCU guest that's closely linked to the program and the school." Nine other teams will also wear the new Nike uniform at times during this season.

Otherwise, the Frogs' look won't change much. The purple jerseys have been updated some and TCU will continue to pair the purple home jerseys with black pants.

TCU will again don special Nike uniforms

August, 17, 2010
A couple of weeks ago, TCU coach Gary Patterson hinted that the Horned Frogs would break out a special uniform again this season and quite possibly in the Sept. 4 season opener against Oregon State at Cowboys Stadium.

TCU has again been selected as one of 10 programs to wear uniquely designed Nike uniforms for at least one game. In fact, both teams could be wearing the uniforms in the opener at Cowboys Stadium since the Beavers were also included the group of 10.

It's not a given either team will break out the new duds then -- although it would make the most sense with the game being televised nationally on ESPN. The dates of those games that the teams will wear the uniforms will be announced at the unveiling of the uniforms Sept. 1 in New York City. TCU twice wore a special Nike Combat uniform last year, debuting it at home against Utah and then again in the Fiesta Bowl. It's not how this season's uniform might differ from last season's.

The other eight schools that will wear the uniforms are: Alabama, Boise State, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.