In a Tweet posted over the weekend, Indiana University announced that they’ll be making a small change to their men’s basketball uniforms. Under the waistband of IU shorts this season will be five stars, one to represent each of the program’s five national championships.
It’s not exactly a new idea. In 2012 Maryland added a single star under the neckline of its team jersey to representits national title from 2002. Similarly, for a while now the IU men’s soccer team had uniforms that featured an IU trident with right stars angled over the top of their logo.
The IU men’s alternative uniforms worn during last years Big Ten and NCAA also had stars on them, However, this season, the stars are being added as a permanent addition to IU’s home and road uniforms.
In August, IU announced that they would extend their apparel deal with Adidas and it was athletic director Fred Glass that hinted that adidas would be working on making stars a signature part of other IU sports teams.
“We want to further incorporate that as part of our look,” Glass told The Herald-Times in August. “It’s things like that that I like and I think our fans like. There’s a little story there, little nooks and crannies to the stories of our uniforms. I think adidas will help us step back and really look at that.”