Wednesday, November 4, 2009


COLUMBUS — Ohio State will honor its 1954 national championship winning football team, by sporting new uniforms, when they travel to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan on November 21.

According to OSU director of athletics, Gene Smith, the uniform change is only a one-game deal to pay homage to 1954 Buckeyes, who finished that season unbeaten.

Smith stated that the Buckeyes will go back to wearing their traditional uniforms following the Michigan game.

Listed below is a complete statement from Smith about the uniforms:

"During spring, 2009, Ohio State was invited by Nike to participate in its Rivalry uniform program with several other universities from around the nation. They offered us a chance to try a new uniform product featuring cutting-edge fabrics and technology; participation in theprogram also offered us a one-time opportunity to salute one of those great championship teams that have built the Ohio State football tradition.

"Our coaches and players were excited to see the different elements Nike presented in the prototype designs and samples. The uniform elements are still in production, and we are extremely eager to see the finished product when it arrives.

"For this special program, we chose to recognize the achievements of our undefeated 1954 national championship team, winning the Big Ten title outright before capturing a Rose Bowl victory. These great Buckeyes celebrated their 55th anniversary with us at the Minnesota game, and this is another way for us to pay homage to their stellar achievements.

"Our fans will be able to get the first look at these unique uniforms on Sunday, Nov. 15, when we will share photos of the finished product on our website Fans can also take a look at the actual uniform up close that week in our official Team Shop in the Schottenstein Center. And our team will wear these custom designs when the Buckeyes take the field Nov. 21 up north in Ann Arbor.

"Again, this is a one-time opportunity to honor a great championship team. We have no plans to make any changes to the traditional Buckeye uniform for the foreseeable future."