Jan. 4, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee basketball team took the floor for Friday's game against Memphis wearing special, never-before-seen, orange-on-orange uniforms. Designed and developed by adidas, the new Volunteers uniforms feature solid color blocking of team logos, word marks and numbers with minimal accent color and shimmer finish for a bold on-court look.
The monochromatic uniforms are a nod to team unity and pride for Tennessee's school colors. adidas recently introduced a similar uniform initiative in the NBA on Christmas Day.
Q: How did Tennessee come to wear the orange-on-orange adidas uniforms for this game?
A: Representatives from adidas first proposed the idea for Tennessee's participation in the monochromatic uniform initiative to UT athletic department officials several months ago.
Q: Will these uniforms be available for purchase on the consumer market?
A: At this time, adidas does not have plans to make this uniform available for purchase.
Q: Will Tennessee wear these uniforms again this season?
A: There are currently no plans to wear the uniforms again, but a final decision has yet to be made.
Q: When did the players find out about these special uniforms?
A: The players did not know about tonight's orange-on-orange uniforms until they met for the final time in the locker room before tipoff. When the team returned to the locker room after pregame warm-ups, the uniforms were laid out on the players' chairs.
Friday's game marked just the fifth time Tennessee has worn orange jerseys for a home game at Thompson-Boling Arena. A complete list follows:
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Nov. 21, 1988 - Soviet National Team^ W, 83-81
March 11, 1989 - Florida# L, 71-76
Feb. 27, 2010 - Kentucky W, 74-65
Nov. 3, 2010 - Brevard^ W, 91-42
Jan. 4, 2013 - Memphis*
^ Exhibition game
# SEC Tournament