When Scott Frost was hired on Dec. 1, the very first question he faced from a media member related to UCF’s jerseys, and the questions eventually piled up from fans as well. A little more than five months later, UCF and Nike have announced a brand new look for the Black and Gold starting for the 2016 season.
UCF Football Head Coach Scott Frost:
“I want our guys to feel good about what they’re coming out of the tunnel wearing on Saturdays. I think it’s important. It gives you some confidence. It makes you feel good, something you can be proud of when you’re sporting the school’s colors. As much as anything it’s important for recruiting. Guys want to go to schools these days that are places where they can wear nice uniforms and look good on the field. We’re going to try and provide that as much as we can for our guys.
“I called Phil Knight, he’s been great to me my entire career at the University of Oregon. When we got to Orlando, I can’t tell you how many messages we got about changing the uniforms, putting names on the back of the jerseys, getting up to speed with current looks that football players want to wear and Phil was great. We’re going to get a lot of things from Nike and he’s going to do a lot of stuff for us.
“This is the first design, and I’m sure these uniforms we’re wearing this year will make it to next year. I don’t think they will make it much farther than that. I want to keep moving the ball down the field with our uniforms and I think we will come up with some new things down the road. But with this first effort, I think we wanted something that was new and different but also played back to the tradition that UCF has had. So there’s some obvious changes and some good ones, but we haven’t really pushed the envelope yet.”
Senior Graphic Designer – Nike Football Josh Iverson:
“The unique thing for UCF is where it is and how the school is set up. So we really rally around that, just being in Orlando, the connection to the space program, mascot and the Pegasus (university logo). Those are a few very cool things to look at with UCF.
“Overall, very bold, very tough, high-contrast uniform that hopefully will look very tough on (the) field, but very fast.
“One of the things the school asked for was an interchangeable system that they could mix and match. Instead of having three or four uniforms, they have multiple, multiple combinations so you can create a unique look for almost every game. … Really it’s almost an unlimited possibility set of uniforms that they have now.”
The Relationship and Quick Jersey History
UCF and Nike first formed a partnership for the 2010 football season, and made a second change to the uniforms in 2013, a look that lasted through the 2015 campaign.
Since the football program’s inception in 1979, UCF has worn several different uniforms, as well as 10 different helmets including two special helmets used for just one game.
Nike began by analyzing UCF’s current uniform kit, which featured black, gold and white jerseys and pants as well as a white helmet. It then focused on its current Mach Speed uniform chassis as the base for UCF’s next look.
About Mach Speed Chassis
Up next for the Nike team was researching UCF to draw inspiration for the new uniforms. That research included respecting the University’s past, location, mascots (Knights and Pegasus), former players and the football program’s #UCFast, #UCFierce and #RiseandConquer mantras.
Nike delivered three key ingredients:
A final piece of the puzzle was developing UCF’s own custom number font.
In all, when looking at just helmets, jerseys and pants, UCF will have 64 different uniform combinations to choose from in 2016.