While most of today's press conference at UW was devoted to the players who will be wearing Husky uniforms next fall, there also was a little news involving the uniforms themselves:
"We might have some uniform changes," new coach Steve Sarkisian said.
Yes, yes, go on, we said.
"We're going to stay somewhat traditional to what the UW has been, and we'll have a few wrinkles here and there just to spice it up for the kids and keep the kids excited," he said. "They love that type of stuff."
Sarkisian had hinted earlier that changes might be coming, but there also had been some issue of regarding there was enough time to get things done for next season. And apparently there is.
"Yeah, we've worked with Nike, they've been great with us," Sarkisian said. "We have a new contract with them, they've responded really well. They've answered a lot of the needs that we've wanted and they've been great to us."
These, of course, are dangerous waters.
There are two types of sports fans: Those who care nothing about uniforms and can't even begin to wonder why anyone else would care; and then there are those fans who do care. Very very much.
So, among those who do care, the question arises: How do you please tradition-loving alumni while also pleasing young players who may view the Oregon Ducks as fashion trend-setters, rather than, say, circus clowns?
"Our fan base is extremely important, and we want them to be proud of who we are," Sarkisian said. "But also, I want our kids to feel good about what they're wearing and what they're doing, and be excited about what's going on. So there's a combination of both in there, and we want to look good. We want to look good when our highlights are on TV."