Around three weeks ago, photos emerged from Amazon and area retail stores of a new Utah jersey with a mountain range on the sleeves.
The school denied this, telling SB Nation "would no longer feature stripes or the topographical lines that were emphasized in the previous uniforms. Instead of sublimated lines to replicate the state's mountain landscape."
Photos of the new uniforms have since emerged... and they're the exact same uniforms as pictured above.
Regardless, it's a nice callback to the Utah Jazz of the late 90's. I'm assuming that's what the Utes were going for here, because why else would you put mountains on your jerseys?
Oh well. At least they didn't put an ear of corn on their jerseys or something.
In Northern Illinois' defense, they're doing it for a good cause, and for one game only.
"In addition to recognizing the region’s agricultural roots, the special Corn Fest jerseys worn by the Huskies during the season opener will be auctioned online to benefit three worthy local causes," the school's announcement reads. "Proceeds from the auction will be split among the Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb, Boy Scout Troop 33, and the Canaday Family, a local family whose eighth-grade son, Christopher, was born with pulmonary atresia and has had 34 surgeries during his young life. Meanwhile, Christopher’s father, Mark, an NIU employee, is battling esophageal cancer."
These beauties may be seen for the Huskies' opener versus Presbyterian on Aug. 28.