Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Panthers Excited about Throwback Uniforms Modern Take on Old Outfits Debuts Oct. 8 for Homecoming

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Panthers Excited about Throwback Uniforms Modern Take on Old Outfits Debuts Oct. 8 for Homecoming

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The last time defensive line coach Tom Sims squeezed his frame into a Pitt football uniform, it was Dec. 30, 1989.

The Panthers beat Texas A&M in the Sun Bowl that day, capping his memorable career.

Tuesday morning, Sims was brought right back there when Pitt unveiled its "throwback" alternate uniform that harkens to the program's glory days of the 1970s and 1980s with royal blue and bright gold.

"It brings back a lot of good memories. Some of the best times I had on the football field was in those uniforms," Sims said. "To see them brought back? I'm excited to see these young men representing."

The new jersey, pants and helmet combo will debut for the homecoming game Oct. 8 against Georgia Tech at Heinz Field as a kind of tribute to the past. The replica is not a carbon copy of any one uniform design, but brings back the color scheme with a modern twist.

The predominant color of the jersey is royal blue, and it is emblazoned with white numbers outlined in bright gold. Former Pitt greats such as Dan Marino and Tony Dorsett wore various combinations of the same colors in their storied careers. The current players, to put it mildly, responded favorably.

"They exploded a little bit," coach Pat Narduzzi said. "They were fired up. Showed them the little video."

Narduzzi intimated there is a strong chance the throwback uniform could become a regular fixture after it debuts Oct. 8. He added that his senior leadership group, referred to as the "Eagles," will be tasked with making that decision on a weekly basis.

"I think it's going to be something that seniors, our Eagles will kind of decide what do we want to do," Narduzzi said. "If they like the look? I'm open to anything. I just want to coach football."

Pitt has made several changes to update its image in the past year. In May the athletic department announced they would return to the popular Pitt script logo for all 19 teams. …

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