Friday, September 29, 2017

Southern Miss Football Uniforms (2003-2017)

2017


In 2017, the Golden Eagles are really getting into the uniform mixing-and-matching, a far cry from 2015 when they had only one home look and one road look:
  • Gold jerseys and pants have been added to the lineup
  • A 1997 throwback uniform was worn vs North Texas. 
  • In the first three games of the season, the updated Golden Eagle logo was worn on the helmet for the first time ever; it was the first time an Eagle has been on USM's helmets since 2011.
  • The 1980 helmet design was worn with the all-black uniforms in the homecoming win over UTEP


USM Uni Combos (8) so far in 2017:
Helmet1/Black/Black
Helmet2/White/Black
Helmet3/White/White
Helmet1/Gold/Gold
1997 Throwbacks (Helmet4/ 1997 Black/ OldGold)
Helmet5/Black/Black
Helmet6/White/Gold
Helmet7/Black/Black

Helmet1: Shiny Black with Eagle on Both Sides, No Stripe
Helmet2: Shiny Black with Eagle on the right side, number on the left side, No Stripe
Helmet3: Shiny Black with white and gold "Southern Miss" wordmark on both sides, Gold Stripe
Helmet4: The design worn from 1990-2002
Helmet5: The design worn from 1977-1980 (with a single stripe instead of double)
Helmet6: Shiny Black with black and gold "Southern Miss" wordmark on both sides. Same as 15-16.
Helmet7: Blackout. Shiny Black with a matte black eagle decal, No stripe.

2016


For the first 9 games of the 2016 season, the Golden Eagles stuck to the same two combos that they wore throughout the 2015 season.  However, late in the season, they introduced white pants.  A game later, the white pants returned alongside a new matte black helmet with a yellow stripe and white lettering.

USM Uni Combos (4) in 2016:

Black/Black/Black
Black/White/Black
Black/White/White
Matte/White/White

2015


In 2015, the Golden Eagles introduced a new set of uniforms.  The stripe and white letters were removed from the helmet.  The two tone pants were retired in favor of a single pair of plain black pants.  The jerseys utilized dark gray, gold, and black.  The bla ck jerseys have dark gray numbers outlined in gold, with dark gray sleeve caps.  The white jerseys have black numbers outlined in gold with black sleeve caps.  The Golden Eagles kept to the same two home and road combos for the entire 2015 season.

USM Uni Combos (2) in 2015:

Black/Black/Black
Black/White/Black

2014


In 2014, the Golden Eagles kept the uniform combos simple, wearing only three all season: all black at home, all white (with the black helmet) at home, and black-gold-black for homecoming.  The gold helmet, despite an updated design being teased, was not worn. 

USM Uni Combos (3) in 2014:

Black/Black/Black
Black/White/White
Black/Gold/Black

2013


In 2013, Southern Miss started a new partnership with Russell Athletic to save money after firing Ellis Johnson.  Russell provided them with some horrendous new uniforms, including two-toned pants and jerseys with an extreme amount of piping. A gold alternate jersey was worn for the first time since 2009; it would've looked good if not for the black and gold digital camo on the sleeves. The gold helmet with a gray facemask from 2012 was worn again as a road alternate, with the design changed to mirror the black helmet.

USM Uni Combos (6) in 2014:

Black/Black/Black
Black/Black/White
Black/White/Black
Black/White/White
Gold/White/White
Black/Gold/Black

2012


In 2012, the Golden Eagles wore 1970 throwbacks to celebrate their football centennial. The throwbacks included gold helmets, white jerseys, and gold pants. They were worn three times; the gold helmets were worn twice more with the regular road jerseys. 2012 was the last year with Nike for Southern Miss; they switched to Russell Athletic after the 0-12 season they suffered in 2012.

USM Uni Combos (6) in 2012:

Black/Black/Black
Black/Black/White
Black/White/Black
Gold/White/White
Gold/White/Black
1970 Throwbacks (Gold/White/Gold)

2011


In 2011, the Golden Eagles went all out with helmet experimentation, wearing 6 different designs on a new matte black helmet over the course of the season. The first three games, they wore a solid number on the right side, the regular "Southern Miss" helmet logo on the left side, and the same helmet stripe that had been worn since 2003. The next three games, they wore a number on the right side, a new feather logo on the left side, and a thick yellow stripe. The 7th-9th games, they wore a number on the right side with no logo on the left side and no stripe. The final three regular season games, they wore an inverted number on the right side, an inverted "Southern Miss" wordmark on the left side, and no stripe. In Conference USA championship game, they wore the design from the first three games, but with an altered stripe. In the Hawaii Bowl, they wore the right side and stripe designs as in the C-USA title game, but with the flying Eagle logo on the left side.

With all of the attention on the helmets, the Eagles didn't mix up the rest of the uniforms too much. They wore the same Nike uniforms that they had the previous two seasons; they wore white pants the first two games, gold pants in the third game, and then black pants in every other game for the rest of the season.

USM Color Combos (5) in 2011:

Black/Black/Black
Black/Black/Gold
Black/Black/White
Black/White/Black
Black/White/White

USM Total Uni Combos (11) in 2011:

Helmet1/Black/White
Helmet1/White/White
Helmet1/Black/Gold

Helmet2/Black/Black
Helmet2/White/Black

Helmet3/Black/Black
Helmet3/White/Black

Helmet4/Black/Black
Helmet4/White/Black

Helmet5/White/Black
Helmet6/Black/Black

2010


In 2010, the second year of their final Nike uniform design, the Golden Eagles kept things simple, only wearing the black and white jerseys. They did mix and match the pants a good bit, reaching 5 combos.

USM Uni Combos (5) in 2010:

Black/Black/Black
Black/Black/Gold
Black/White/Gold
Black/White/Black
Black/White/White

2009


In 2009, Southern Miss updated their Nike uniforms by adding some piping, making the chest wordmark smaller, and switching to white (instead of gold) numbers on the black jerseys. The helmet design stayed the same; there were Black, White, and Gold options of both jerseys and pants.

USM Uni Combos (7) in 2009:

Black/Black/Black
Black/Black/White
Black/White/Gold
Black/White/Black
Black/White/White
Black/Gold/Black
Black/Gold/White

2008


In Larry Fedora's first year as head coach, Southern Miss added gold jerseys for the first time since Brett Favre was quarterback (and even those were more of a mustard color than the bright yellow-gold worn in 2008). The gold jerseys were worn three times throughout the year, once with black pants and twice with gold pants.

USM Uni Combos (6) in 2008:

Black/Black/Black
Black/Black/Gold
Black/White/Black
Black/White/White
Black/Gold/Black
Black/Gold/Gold

2007


In Jeff Bower's final season as head coach, the Golden Eagles wore black pants in every road game, and split time between the black and gold pants at home. White pants were worn once, in the Papajohns.com bowl against Cincinnati.

USM Uni Combos (4) in 2007:

Black/Black/Black
Black/Black/Gold
Black/White/Black
Black/White/White

2006


In 2006, the Golden Eagles introduced white pants, wearing them 4 times on the road to create an all-white look. The four combinations from 2005 were all worn again, and the all white look brought the total number of combinations to 5.

USM Uni Combos (5) in 2006:

Black/Black/Black
Black/Black/Gold
Black/White/Black
Black/White/White
Black/White/Gold

2005


In 2005, Southern Miss went back to wearing both pants on the road and at home, wearing the the same 4 combinations as in 2003.

USM Uni Combos (4) in 2005:

Black/Black/Black
Black/Black/Gold
Black/White/Black
Black/White/Gold

2004


In 2004, the Golden Eagles kept it simple, only wearing the gold pants on the road and black pants at home. They wore the same two combinations all season, something they would not do again until 2015.

USM Uni Combos (2) in 2004:

Black/Black/Black
Black/White/Gold

2003


In 2003, Southern Miss rebranded their entire athletic department, standardizing their colors as black and a more yellow "athletic gold." The rebrand included a new Eagle head logo, an updated set of wordmarks, and of course new uniforms. The new Nike uniform set featured black jerseys with gold numbers and a large gold chest word mark, both outlined in white, as well as white jerseys with black numbers/wordmark outlined in gold. Pants were black and gold, both stripe-less and featuring the new Eagle logo on the hip. The helmet remained black, with a more modern stripe design and the updated wordmark.

USM Uni Combos (4) in 2003:

Black/Black/Black
Black/Black/Gold
Black/White/Black
Black/White/Gold