Pat Caputo: Throwback Uniforms Got People Talking About U-M Football, But Was It For The Right Reason?

Recently, the University of Michigan unveiled its “throwback” or “retro” football uniforms.

They will be used Sept. 10 when the Wolverines host Notre Dame in the first-ever night football game at Michigan Stadium.

Standing alone, it appears only as if Michigan is getting with the times. Night football. Retro uniforms, which are sure to sell like downloads of Adele, thereby ultimately raising revenue for the athletic program.

It also points to the constant inner-conflict of the Michigan football program. How much does it hold to tradition? How much do the Wolverines move forward and shun their past?

For traditionalists, the retro uniforms are easy to rip to shreds. Can anything be more simple and true than the winged helmet? Or Michigan’s overall uniforms? for more


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