Michigan football throwback uniforms to be unveiled Friday night
The event at Michigan Stadium is not open to the public, but the university plans to stream it live on MGoBlue.com if weather permits.
In a lead-up to the announcement, the Michigan football Facebook page has been highlighting uniforms from past eras.
In one post, the site asked for fans' opinion on a 1959 helmet that included a small number beneath the famed wing design. "We want to hear from you, would you be in favor to adding the numbers back?" the post asked. "Yes or no?" The responses were overwhelmingly against the idea.
In an interview on WTKA-AM in late May, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said the school will "take elements from a couple of different eras to create a jersey that we think will be exciting and our players will enjoy wearing.”
Brandon, coach Brady Hoke and Adidas representatives will host the brief unveiling program, the school said in a release today.
Notre Dame will also wear throwback uniforms during the Sept. 10 game (8 p.m., ESPN), which is the first night game in the history of Michigan Stadium.
In fact, it was Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly who initially broke the story about the plan. He told reporters after an Irish spring practice that Notre Dame will wear uniforms that represent teams from the late 1950s and early 60s.
Of Michigan's uniform, the Chicago Tribune reported that Kelly said:
“I can tell you what theirs look like: They have a block ‘M’ on them, and a number, and a number on their helmet.” How’s that? The Adidas people at Michigan are going to be (ticked) at me.”
In that May 26 interview with Sam Webb of WTKA, Brandon said Kelly saw concept drawings from early in the uniform design process.