Adidas has slowly let slip some of the special jerseys they’re making for various college football programs this season. They’ll have Texas A&M ready for the ‘Bright Lights‘ of Saturday Night Football in front of the 12th Man. Miami got two special jerseys this year. Even Rutgers will look good doing… whatever it is Rutgers does on Saturdays in the fall.
Indiana football’s newest adidas uniforms are much more touching, paying tribute to a beloved tradition and the school’s even more beloved coach. The Hoosiers teamed up with adidas to debut the Hep’s Rock alternate uniforms, which were announced on Thursday.
The jerseys commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Terry Hoeppner’s death. Hoeppner coached the Hoosiers and died of brain cancer in 2007. The rock Indiana would touch before home games was named “Hep’s Rock” soon after, and these special jerseys use elements of the limestone boulder that was once at the team’s practice facility but now sits in Memorial Stadium.
The jerseys will make their on-field debut on September 23 against Georgia Southern. Indiana University and adidas today unveiled the “Hep’s Rock” Primeknit alternate football uniforms, which will be make their on-field debut on Saturday, September 23 vs. Georgia Southern. They feature a limestone aesthetic on the jersey, especially the pants, while the top is a striking crimson. The baselayer of compression gear Indiana uses against Georgia Southern will also feature the limestone aesthetic, and stone-colored gloves finish the look along with crimson adizero FREAK cleats.
All of these adidas jerseys have been made with care, but this might be the most touching tribute out of this year’s crop.