While the Buckeyes won’t be sporting the flashy uniforms of schools like Oregon and (soon-to-be Big 10 conference member) Maryland, they will have a slight change in their getup this year.
Brent Yarina of the Big Ten Network reports that the 2013 Buckeye football uniforms will feature seven Buckeye leaves on the back of the jersey’s collar, just above where each player’s name goes, to represent the seven National Championships that the Buckeyes have won. The helmets have featured these leaves for years, but they’ve now become a motif in the Buckeyes’ uniforms.
Yarina notes that, according to The Buckeye Room’s Matt McClure, the jerseys are licensed by Nike, and will be used this season. A later report by Cleveland.com’s Doug Lesmireses had an Ohio State official confirming that the Buckeyes will indeed wear the jerseys this coming season.
Ohio State is a school that is known strictly for its performance on the field, not the new fancy jerseys its players wear every week. But, we’re at that dull point of the offseason where most things in the news are about suspensions and injuries, so hearing about something as small as a subtle addition to jerseys classifies as exciting August news.