When adidas unveiled updated Baylor basketball uniforms earlier this week that decided to go the fluorescent route, many people probably didn’t know what to think. Were they radioactive? Were they glow-in-the-dark? Were they made of Aggro Crag? No, they were just really bright neon green. Reaction was understandably mixed, and Kansas coach Bill Self found himself as one of the uniforms’ critics.
“I’ll be real honest with you, I’m not a fan,” Self said Thursday, the day before his Jayhawks met Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament. “That’s the new fad, teams out of the box with uniforms. Those are really bright. I think tomorrow they have to wear dark colors. It’s the benefit of being the higher seed … it won’t hurt our eyes tomorrow.”
Hey, schools have to do what they can to set themselves apart in order to attract interest from recruits. A lot of schools are doing that by dressing themselves in often outlandish uniforms, and they don’t care if they have to burn a hole in your retina to do it. It’s textbook Oregon Ducks.
Self was right, though: Baylor did wear dark, camo-print uniforms against Kansas in Friday’s semifinal. Didn’t matter. Baylor cruised to an 81-72 upset over the Jayhawks.
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