NOTEBOOK: New football uniforms unveiled

By Brian Hattab, Sports Editor
On June 18, 2019

USF football's 2019 away uniform. USF ATHLETICS/TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Good things come to those who wait.

Well, if nothing else, new things come to those who wait.

After playing the 2018 season using an old, rather basic line of Adidas uniforms due to time constraints, USF football will play the 2019 season in the company’s new WVN A1 line, which is billed as the brand’s lightest uniform, USF Athletics announced Tuesday. USF will be the only team in the nation wearing the WVN A1 uniforms.

Most notable is the absence of the much-disdained “tire tread” design, which was featured on all USF uniforms last season as a part of Adidas’ old template of football uniforms.

The biggest difference apart from that comes in the away white set. Gone is an all-white with green number design in favor of a mostly-white jersey featuring green numbers with gold trim. The jersey’s green shoulders feature a gold horn on each side, a look similar to USF’s final design before switching from Under Armour after the 2017 season. Last season’s shoulder design only featured a gold ‘Iconic U’ logo.

The pants also feature more color than last season’s all-white away set. Running down each side is a green stripe, with a gold ‘Iconic U’ on one side and green Adidas logo on the other.

USF football's 2019 home uniform. USF ATHLETICS/TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

The home green jerseys maintain largely the same features as last year, except for the shoulders, which also feature a horn on each side. The pants also feature a gold ‘Iconic U’ on one side and a gold Adidas logo on the other.

Both jerseys feature “South Florida” spelled out in all-capital letters on the front — in gold on the green jerseys; in green on the white jerseys — and the full USF logo in green with gold trim above the player’s name on the back of the jersey. The Adidas logo has been moved from the center of the jersey last season to opposite the AAC logo on the chest.

The helmets will remain the same from the 2018 season — a simple gold design with a green with gold trim ‘Iconic U’ logo on each side.

No announcement about potential alternate uniforms was made Tuesday. Last season’s alternate SoFlo black uniform was unveiled at USF’s fan fest in early August.

More pictures can be found by clicking here.

Endler stands tall against USWNT

A former USF women’s soccer player has made quite a splash on the international stage during her team’s inaugural run in the Women’s World Cup.

Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler, who played for USF in 2012 and 2013, has been impressive, saving 11-of-16 shots-on-target she has faced in the tournament.

Her six-save performance against the U.S. on Sunday in Paris earned Endler Player of the Match honors even despite the 3-0 loss to the defending champions.

Endler’s strong play in goal has not been enough for Chile, though, as her teammates have been held scoreless with just one shot-on-target through two games in group play, which has eliminated Chile from the tournament with one game left.

USF radio flagship flips to country

USF football/men’s basketball flagship radio station WWBA-AM 820 has flipped from a conservative-talk format to classic country. The format change took place over the weekend.

WWBA has been the flagship of USF since 2014, when former FM sports-talk station WHFS-FM 98.7 was sold and ultimately adopted a hot-talk format.

WWBA and sister all-sports WHBO-AM 1040, the flagship of USF women’s basketball/baseball, have been under new management since February and have seen programming shuffle from one frequency to another in the time since.

How WWBA’s new format will affect USF Athletics going forward remains to be seen, but the format change does not affect the Bulls Unlimited station on iHeartRadio, which is run in-house by USF Athletics.

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