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Va. Tech's uniforms vs. Maryland

With the fanfare befitting a rivalry game pep rally, Virginia Tech and Nike on Monday unveiled uniforms the team will wear for Saturday's game at Maryland.

There were cheerleaders. More than 100 people gathered in front of a stage near Squires Student Center. There were T-shirts on sale for $24 each. Coach Frank Beamer and Hokie legends Bruce Smith and Antonio Freeman were in attendance, arriving in a motorcade of sport utility vehicles.

But after all the hubbub and hoopla, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and linebacker Cody Grimm strode onstage wearing the uniforms. Metallica's "Enter Sandman," the Hokies' game day entrance music, played as they stepped before the crowd.

"Different," Taylor said of the uniforms, "but I like them."

The theme for the unveiling -- trumpeted in bold capital letters on a banner on the stage -- was "Good guys wear white." The uniforms displayed Monday afternoon were white. The Hokies will wear those white uniforms against the Terrapins, who will be wearing black-and-tan uniforms, designed by Under Armour, to honor military veterans and to promote the Wounded Warrior Project.

It is not uncommon for Virginia Tech to wear different uniforms, including a variation of colors and throwback looks this season.

The uniforms shown Monday were from Nike's Pro Combat line, which will be officially introduced next season. Virginia Tech is one of 10 teams to debut the new uniforms this month. In a statement, Nike said the Pro Combat line is the lightest football uniform it has ever created and that even when wet, would be lighter than the current Virginia Tech design.

The Virginia Corps of Cadets is honored with the university motto, “Ut Prosim,” meaning “That I may serve” on the back of the pant, on the cuff of the Nike Vapor Trail 2.0 gloves and printed on the sock liner of the Nike Zoom Vapor Fly cleat.

The gradient fade pattern on the helmet, numbers and pants, the statement said, "represent the legendary speed of Hokies football." Inside the collar of each jersey is "Beamer Ball," a nod to the Hokies' style of play under Beamer.

By Mark Viera  |  November 9, 2009; 4:24 PM ET
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Not that big a fan of them. They could have done better, helmets look good though....

The throwbacks are by far the best jerseys.

Posted by: rockyraccoon20 | November 9, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

never knew there was a Vtech Insider on the Post. Not that I would read it anyway.

Terps 45 Vtech 0

Posted by: Barno1 | November 9, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Could someone please explain why there is so much VT coverage in a newspaper from a city 260-something miles away? Why not cover Pittsburg, Rutgers or Columbia, they're closer than VT.

Posted by: truke | November 10, 2009 6:10 AM | Report abuse

In answer to: "Could someone please explain why there is so much VT coverage in a newspaper from a city 260-something miles away?"

This question is asked a lot, so I'm sure the WaPo writers have addressed it, but here goes. Unlike Pittsburgh, Rutgers, etc., VT is a Virginia state school. Because of this there are a lot of alumni in the DC area, and there are also quite a few people in Blacksburg who are originally from the DC area. Many of us subscribe to the Washington Post and appreciate the VT coverage.

Posted by: katha11 | November 10, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

wow. "good guys wear white" how lame.

Posted by: TheSuperhoo | November 10, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Gee truke. Can't comment on the other places you mentioned, but Pittsburg, KS is 1,100 miles away. Or did you mean Pittsburg, CA? That's 3,000 miles away. With the current state of the newspaper business, I think either place would be a little too far for budgetary reasons.

Posted by: joemdavis55 | November 10, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

At least Maryland's ugly uniforms serve a purpose; it's definitely a bit odd that VT has a "Good Guys Wear White" campaign, Nike rolls out an armored vehicle to promote it, and Nike calls it their Combat a game where the other team is honoring actual combat veterans and heroes.

"The Hokies will wear those white uniforms
against the Terrapins, who will be wearing black-and-tan uniforms, designed by Under Armour, to honor military veterans and to promote the Wounded Warrior Project."

So the Terps are actually honoring wounded warriors, while the Hokies and Nike are playing "warrior" in the backyard and honoring the almighty dollar with a jersey-inspired money grab. If the Corps of Cadets really wants to honor their slogan, they wouldn't stitch it on the @$$ of a jersey, they'd tell Nike to use their ugly jersey for good (such as the Wounded Warrior fund) rather than using it to
crank out a few lame shirts.

Posted by: VamosUnited | November 10, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

PS- The gloves are sweet though. Saw the Seminoles' gloves on too, and their logo looks nice when it comes together.

Posted by: VamosUnited | November 10, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Yuck, talk about ugly. But that's nothing new for VahTek uniforms. Combined with Maryland's ugly uniforms, viewers would be advised to avert their eyes, lest they gouge them out.

For the poster questioning the coverage of a school so far away, it's simple. Post covers Virginia schools because Virginia residents make up a huge portion of the Post's readership. Many, many alumni from all of these schools in Northern Virginia. Maryland may be the closest ACC school to DC, but people on the Virginia side of the river are not Maryland fans. Virginia residents want Virginia coverage.

Posted by: member5 | November 10, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Well, if the Twerps could hold up their end of the deal and actually win games, the world would be able to actually SEE these uniforms on broadcast TV. But no, only on Oh, and the 15,000 Hokie fans that will overwhelm Byrd and it's lame tailgating scene come Saturday.

Posted by: vaguypost | November 10, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone really care what color or type of uniforms the Terps and Hokies are wearing this Saturday?? It's gonna be a blowout for Tech anyway... I hear Yow has ordered the Terps band to learn Enter Sandman for this weeks game.. It's gonna feel like a Hokie home game anyway.. Oh yea, got my e-mail from Ralph yesterday, Gonna have a Black Out at Byrd this Saturday... Supposed to wear black.. The only thing that will be blacked out is the score for the Terps... And vaguypost, tailgate starts at 7AM, come see me in Lot 9B.. Gotta start early to watch the Terps this year..

Posted by: frostanna | November 10, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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