Wednesday, September 2, 2009

TALES OF THE PERPETUALLY UNHAPPY

FANS WIN A ROUND – STATE ABANDONS NEW UNI DESIGN

After receiving negative feedback from fans, N.C. State has scrapped a new design for its men's basketball jerseys, athletic director Lee Fowler said Tuesday.

Last week, N.C. State displayed its new jersey design on its Twitter page. Evidently...that didn't go so well.

Fowler said it was an attempt by coach Sidney Lowe and assistant Monte Towe to re-emphasize the "STATE," which was the only word on the jerseys during their playing days.

Subsequently, the team will abandon the new design and instead use jerseys similar to those from last season, Fowler said.

This wasn't N.C. State's first brush with dissatisfaction over its basketball uniforms. In 1989, coach Jim Valvano unveiled one-piece, skin-tight "unitards" that were billed as the uniforms of the future.

The trend never caught on, nationally or at N.C. State. The Wolfpack players voted to wear their traditional basketball shorts over the unitards, and the team dropped the unpopular look after just two games.

Nike tried to bring back the unitard look a few years ago with the same results.

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