What will three straight 25 win seasons and a NCAA Tournament appearance get you? Custom uniforms.
— Jay Duncan (@JayDuncSMU) October 6, 2016
Nike is showing SMU Basketball some love this year with a custom design. Gone are the days of generic fonts and simple colors – this bold new design is regal with a Texan flair.
Assistant coach Jay Duncan tweeted a photo of the new design on Wednesday, Oct. 5th. Duncan called the photo a “sneak preview,” adding that Nike Basketball is taking care of the Mustangs.
The new design features a shade of red that appears darker in tone compared to last season’s red jerseys. The university’s Dallas Hall logo is faded into the back, and the silhouette of the Dallas skyline serves as the trim.
The new design also appears to show a return to a thiner, more retro style of block lettering – a look used heavily on the Mustangs’ uniforms of the early 2000s.
It is important to note that Nike does not make custom designs for every college team.
While teams can order a variety of designs and colors, highly specialized customizations such as the Dallas skyline are normally reserved for teams from power five conferences and top mid-major programs. These new uniforms are a sign that SMU has achieved an elite status and is able to compete with the nation’s best.