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Chippewas unveil 8 jersey combos, including all-black

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By Kyle Terwillegar/CMU Athletics By Kyle Terwillegar/CMU Athletics
By Kyle Terwillegar/CMU Athletics By Kyle Terwillegar/CMU Athletics
By Kyle Terwillegar/CMU Athletics By Kyle Terwillegar/CMU Athletics
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (WNEM) -

Eight uniform combinations, including an all-gold combination and an all-black jersey with a matte black helmet, for the 2012 Central Michigan football season were debuted in a surprise presentation during an evening team meeting Wednesday night.

Designed by Adidas, the new uniform line features four outfits with the same color jersey and pants - black, gold, maroon and white - and four additional combinations created from mixing and matching the gold, maroon and white items.

Also debuting with the black uniform is a new black helmet with a matte finish and a tapering maroon and gold stripe down the middle. The maroon helmet will continue to be worn with the other seven combinations.

Central Michigan Director of Athletics  Dave Heeke believes the uniforms represent a look toward future trends of uniform development, but also represent a desire to remain rooted in the traditional color palette and respect the heritage of the program.

 "We wanted multiple combinations, multiple sets of uniforms that we can do a lot of different things with," Heeke said. "At the same time, we don't want to lose our tradition. There's a fine balancing act between doing these trendy uniforms while respecting the tradition and the colors, and I think we've done a very good job of getting back to the basics of who we are at Central Michigan."

A different uniform combination will be worn for each of the seven home games at Kelly/Shorts Stadium this fall, and each week's combination will not be publicly known until the team is on the field for pregame warm-ups.

"Uniform trends are the buzz, and they're occurring all over the country," Heeke said. "Central Michigan is no different, and we want to be in the middle of that buzz."

The black uniform, which features maroon and gold accents, and the gold jersey, are both brand-new additions to the lineup. The black uniform top was crafted using a stretch mesh, while the gold top was created with a new pro-brite mesh that has been introduced for stronger wear.

This season's new maroon and white jerseys will also feature the same pro-brite mesh material for increased durability and comfort.

The uniform combinations will also feature additional Adidas accessories, including custom gloves with the "C" logo and other maroon and gold designs, compression gear, patterned socks, wristbands and armbands. 

The development process has been in the works for several years, with discussions between Adidas and the CMU Athletics Department staff, and input from former student-athletes.

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