Michigan football will wear throwback jerseys against Notre Dame on Sept. 10
Michigan and Notre Dame will wear throwback uniforms for the first-ever night football game at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 10.
The uniform switch was first announced by Irish football coach Brian Kelly and then confirmed by Michigan later Friday.
“It’s something that we have been working on with our partner, Adidas,” Michigan football spokesman Dave Ablauf said in an email Friday. “We are excited about it and will have something to unveil later this summer.”
Kelly, though, might have ruined some of the Michigan surprise.
In discussing the jerseys during a regular meeting with the media following spring practice, Kelly gave an indication of what both uniforms might look like.
He said Notre Dame’s uniforms will go back to the Joe Kuharich era. As for Michigan, he was more specific.
“I can tell you what theirs look like: They have a block ‘M’ on them, and a number, and a number on their helmet,” Kelly said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “How’s that? The Adidas people at Michigan are going to be (ticked) at me.”
Fortunately for Notre Dame, it did not play Michigan during the Kuharich years, when the former coach went 17-23 in four years from 1959-62. After being replaced for a season by Hugh Devore, the Irish then hired a young coach from Northwestern named Ara Parseghian.
For the game on Sept. 10, Michigan has already installed permanent lights on top of renovated Michigan Stadium.
The Wolverines have won the last two meetings between the schools, both with last-minute touchdowns — a Tate Forcier pass to Greg Mathews in a 38-34 win in 2009 and a Denard Robinson touchdown run to cap a 502-yard performance in a 28-24 Michigan win.