Life a little more Smokey for Vols

The Vols hope smoke gets in their opponents' eyes this fall.

The Vols hope smoke gets in their opponents' eyes this fall.

Tennessee has joined the alternate uniform craze.

Hey, the fans love them.

The players love them.

Nike, Adidas and Under Armor love them. (More $$$ in their pockets)

And some coaches love them.

So why not?

Everybody from Fresno State to Nevada, from Nebraska to Houston has introduced new or alternate looks for this fall.

Even Notre Dame is rockin’ a redesigned shamrock look.

Tennessee released a teasing video this morning that hinted of an alternate uni. Former QB and current radio talk show host Erik Ainge helped confirm some the rumors swirling around Vol-ville with this tweet at 9:16 a.m.:

“The uniforms won’t be gray, they are Smokey and it’s an Official UT School Color. PMS 426. Butch is Master Splinter”

Word is, the school was planning to wait until 3 this afternoon to debut the new look.

Adidas, the school’s supplier, released a photo this afternoon that you can see to the right.

Not bad, compared to some.

What do you think? Have schools gone overboard with all of these new uniforms? Do you prefer the traditional look?

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32 comments Add your comment

james

August 15th, 2013
2:16 pm

Yuk! UT has enough problems and now these ugly uniforms..
4-8 won’t make them look any better in 2013…

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 15th, 2013
2:17 pm

Well maybe the Stadium will not look like the Great Fat Pumpkin Patch.

gbal

August 15th, 2013
2:30 pm

Whats in the crotch of these pants? Uni’s come with that

graphite

August 15th, 2013
3:00 pm

I like the “new look”. Ga. looked real sharp in those red things when Boise St. kicked that tail. The black ones were pretty that day when Bama took them to the woodshed.Unies Don’t win championships, BAMA does!! RollOn

NCDawg

August 15th, 2013
3:10 pm

Just damn… Fugly… sherbet orange and smoke gray? Like my brother said “Some people’s taste is only in their mouths…” thank God I’m not a Vol.

Hahaha

August 15th, 2013
3:48 pm

Isn’t it funny how all these awful orange teams try to cover it up? First the purple at Clempsin, then Aubie being all about the blue and not so much about the orange, and now the rednecks of them all – So funny. Only surprised the volunteers still have that stark white and orange helmet.

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 15th, 2013
3:49 pm

Looks a lot like one of the GATOR uniforms.

Baltisraul......

August 15th, 2013
3:56 pm

Those uni’s are going to take some getting used to, don’t you think? Auburn is the only school that uses orange that has managed to make a classy uniform. There’s are classic and understated!

Thy hogan

August 15th, 2013
4:07 pm

Man I tell yew what.

WetWillie

August 15th, 2013
5:33 pm

If you can’t play then change the uniform. This has worked very well for Kentucky.

collegeballfan

August 15th, 2013
6:01 pm

Having sat in Neyland Stadium in 1964 I can testify that these uniforms absolutely suck.

If they wear those the General will turn over in his grave and become a Vandy fan.

Getting Older

August 15th, 2013
6:10 pm

Funny all the comments on here criticizing the uniforms. If they are Dawg fans, wasn’t UGA one of the first to go to the alt uniforms? Everyone thought they were so cool, until the Dawgs got destroyed each time they wore a new uniform.

Also, everyone is talking about how hard UGA’s first 4 weeks are … take a look at UT’s 6 week span from week 3 to 8: Oregon, Florida, South Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama. That has to be the toughest in the nation. I feel sorry for the first year coach. Even if they had hired Nick Saban’s clone, he couldn’t direct UT through that gauntlet.

NCDawg

August 15th, 2013
6:25 pm

Getting Older
August 15th, 2013
6:10 pm
No Georgia wasn’t one of the first. Oregon has been swapping uniforms for years now. Just face it the orange has always been bad but this is… it’s horrid. The Nike uniforms were bad. They sucked pretty badly but these things are a nightmare. General Neyland will come back from the grave and remove his name from the stadium the second anyone wearing those monstrosities steps on the field.
Smokey will chuck his dinner!

HotDawg

August 15th, 2013
8:55 pm

BUTT UGLY uniforms.
Remember it’s the players, not the uniforms.
Make some money (although, who wants to buy that ugly junk?), but the team will still stink.

HotDawg

August 15th, 2013
8:58 pm

Getting Older…..UGA was one of last to resist major altering of uniform. And may they never do it again. Please dear lord.

HotDawg

August 15th, 2013
9:05 pm

Im talking major, uniform changes in past 30-40 years or so.
Last few years has been ridiculous for just about every team, whether for a game here or there, or permanent.
Time to stop the nonsense.

Rick James

August 15th, 2013
9:54 pm

Tennesse will need all the distractions it can get this season..

Tony Geinzer

August 15th, 2013
10:02 pm

I feel these NHL Styled 3rd Unis are a Nuisance. The only time “special” unis should be brought is Good Throwback or Anniversary Wins.

Col. Kurtz

August 15th, 2013
10:20 pm

Col. Kurtz

August 15th, 2013
10:24 pm

Tennessee is looking for any edge. This uni will make opponents nauseous for the entire game.

JB

August 16th, 2013
7:27 am

They need to call Richt. He’ll tell them, The clothes don’t make the man”

whiskeybreath

August 16th, 2013
8:34 am

Teams that don’t have much of a tradition need to change their uniforms. The fan base is not filling up that stadium and they are losing money . Besides, that butt ugly orange makes it an easy decision.

Dogssmell

August 16th, 2013
8:36 am

I can smell the jelousy in the air. The uniform in Smokey is not but a wear on occasion uni. Say what you will about UT , as most Dog fans will as the only schools they hate are the ones they rarely beat. Tennessee is turning a corner to their rightful place atop the SEC east.

whiskeyaddled

August 16th, 2013
8:50 am

“Teams that don’t have much of a tradition?” Tennessee has as much tradition as any team in the SEC, and more than anyone with the possible exception of Alabama.

TdawgMoney

August 16th, 2013
9:32 am

I must admit those are cool looking. Best wishes to our dudes to the north…..except 1 Saturday a year.

DawgFan

August 16th, 2013
10:23 am

They look good, but a new uniform will not improve play.

NCDawg

August 16th, 2013
10:42 am

Man, you talking about giving an opponent an edge! You can talk can talk smack about those uniforms all day… it’s a setup. I can see the personal fouls on the Tennessee players rolling in now.

PigIron

August 16th, 2013
11:27 am

The problem with the Vols sporting trick unis is that it makes them look like they’re going out to Trick or Treat.

Ringleader

August 18th, 2013
8:18 am

This color is not smokey at all, it is

Ford, dark charcoal

Tampa Gator

August 18th, 2013
1:20 pm

I would not want anyone I know wearing anything orange with that ugly grayish color…..orange goes well with only one color……and that is BLUE.

Tampa Gator

August 18th, 2013
1:29 pm

I am currently watching ESPNU and the SEC Kickoff special…..and this might be first and last time they interview really old former college football coaches from the SEC…..the old men coaches from Georgia, Auburn, and Georgia are making a strong case that a network should never interview a former coach over the age of 75. Stallings, Dye, and Dooley all made individual “senile” comments about today’s game and players and each lost their focus in the middle of their scattered comments.

harold

August 18th, 2013
8:52 pm

ONLY THE VOL FOSSILS DISLIKE. BUTCH JONES IS #1 IN THE COUNTRY IN RECRUITING AT RIVALS AND SCOUT. #3 AT 247SPORTS.

PEYTON MANNING SAYS TENNESSEE HAS MADE A GREAT HIRE. HECK…THERE WERE 40,000 FANS AT AN OPEN PRACTICE LAST NIGHT….I THE DOWNPOUR.

BUTCH JONES WILL HAVE THE VOLS BACK IN YEAR THREE.