Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Southern Miss Football Uniforms (2003-2018)

2018



Southern Miss switched to Adidas in 2018, getting an updated uniform set including black, white, and gold jerseys and pants.

A full recap of the 2018 season can be found here: 2018 Southern Miss Football Uniforms Recap
    USM Color Combos (5) in 2018:

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

    USM Total Uni Combos (9) in 2018:

    Helmet1/Black/Black
    Helmet2/Black2/Gold
    Helmet2/White/White
    Helmet2/White/Black
    Helmet3/Black2/Gold
    Helmet4/White/Gold
    Helmet5/Black2/Gold
    Helmet6/Black2/Black
    Helmet6/White/Gold

    Helmet1: Shiny Black with Eagle on the left side, number on the right side, No Stripe
    Helmet2: Shiny Black with white and gold "Southern Miss" wordmark on both side, tapered Gold ________Stripe. Same as 2003-2014.
    Helmet3: The design worn from 1977-1980 (with a single stripe instead of double)
    Helmet4: Shiny Black with black and gold "Southern Miss" wordmark on both sides, Gold Stripe.
    Helmet5: Military Appreciation. Shiny Black with an American Flag eagle decal, No Stripe.
    Helmet6: Shiny Black with black and gold "Southern Miss" wordmark on both sides. Same as 15-16.

    2017



    In 2017, the Golden Eagles really got into the uniform mixing-and-matching, a far cry from 2015 when they had only one home look and one road look. A full recap of all of the changes made in 2017 can be found here: 2017 Southern Miss Football Uniforms Recap
    USM Color Combos (8) in 2017:

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

    USM Total Uni Combos (13) in 2017:

    Helmet1/Gold/Gold
    Helmet1/Black/Black
    Helmet2/White/Black
    1997 Throwbacks (Helmet3/ 1997 Black/ OldGold)
    Helmet4/White/White
    Helmet5/Black/Black
    Helmet6/White/Gold
    Helmet7/Black/Black
    Helmet1/White/Black
    Helmet6/White/White
    Helmet6/Black/Gold
    Helmet8/White/Gold
    Helmet8/Gold/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: The design worn from 1990-2002
    Helmet4: Shiny Black with white and gold "Southern Miss" wordmark on both sides, Gold Stripe
    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.
    Helmet8: Shiny Black with white and gold "Southern Miss" wordmark on both side, tapered Gold ________Stripe. Same as 2003-2014.

    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 black jerseys had dark gray numbers outlined in gold, with dark gray sleeve caps.  The white jerseys had black numbers outlined in gold with black sleeve caps.  USM 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 2013:

    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. Decals featuring the American flag were worn on the black helmets against UTEP. 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 Color Combos (6) in 2012:

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

    USM Total Uni Combos (7) in 2012:

    Black/Black/Black
    Black(American Flag Decal)/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

    2018 Southern Miss Football Uniforms Recap


    After wearing Russell Athletic gear for the past 5 seasons (2013-2017), Southern Miss wore Adidas football uniforms for the first time ever in 2018. The Adidas uniform lineup, as seen below, featured two black jerseys, a white jersey, a gold jerseys, as well as black, white, and gold pants. The gold jerseys were never actually worn in 2018, despite being the first to be unveiled and shown off the most in promo shots and the like. It is likely that the gold jerseys would have been worn in a bowl game had the Golden Eagles made one; however, they were not selected for a fourth straight postseason appearance despite finishing the regular season with a 6-5 record.

    The new Adidas jerseys feature a clean, simplistic design, with sleeve numbers and a "Southern Miss" wordmark across the chest on all jerseys. The white and gold pants feature a thick black stripe down the side, while the black pants are solid black with no stripes. The white and gold jerseys both have a black wordmark and black numbers, with gold outlines on the white jerseys and gray outlines on the gold jerseys.

    The black jerseys initially featured gold numbers outlined in white and a white wordmark outlined in gold. This was the case for the first two games of the season, against Jackson State and ULM, in which the black jerseys with gold numbers were worn in an all-black look in back-to-back weeks. Starting with the third game of the season, against Rice, a noticeable change was made to the black jerseys: the numbers were changed from gold outlined in white to gray outlined in gold. This switch was confusing at first; the gold numbers outlined in white looked really good, and the gray numbers were, in my opinion, a significant downgrade. The explanation I was given is that the gold numbers did not match the gold pants, which is extremely disappointing on Adidas' part if true. Regardless of reason, the black jerseys were worn with gray numbers in their final five appearances of 2018; four of those appearances were with gold pants.

    Continuing the trend of experimenting with different helmet designs, Southern Miss wore 6 different variants of its shiny black helmets in 2018, tying with 2011 for the second most in school history (2017 is in the lead with 8 different designs). The 2018 helmet designs included:

    Games 1-2: Player Number on Right side, Eagle Logo on Left Side
    Games 3-5: White and Gold "Southern Miss" wordmark, tapered stripe. Was the primary helmet design from 2003-2010 and 2012-2014.

    Game 6: Classic "USM + Eagle" logo with single gold stripe. Similar to design worn in 1980.

    Game 7: Black and Gold "Southern Miss" wordmark, single gold stripe.

    Games 8-9: American Flag design over the Eagle Logo

    Games 10-11: Black and Gold "Southern Miss" wordmark, no stripe. Was the primary helmet design from 2015-2016.
    Southern Miss wore 5 different color combinations and 9 total combinations in 2018, down from 8 color combos and 13 total combos in 2017. The first color combination, which accounted for two total combinations was all-black. It was worn twice with the Eagle/Number helmets and gold numbered jerseys (to a 1-1 record), and once with the 2015-style helmets and gray numbered jerseys (in a win over LA Tech).


    The color combination worn the most by Southern Miss in 2018 was Black/Black/Gold, which was worn 4 times, each time with gray numbered jerseys, and with three different helmets. In a win over Rice, the combo was worn with the 2003-style helmets; in a win over UTSA, it was worn with the 1980-style helmets. In early November, the combo was worn twice with American Flag style decals on the helmets, starting with a home win over Marshall, and then again the next week in a road OT loss at UAB.


    In the Golden Eagles' first two road games, they wore the 2003-style helmets and white jerseys. The first, a loss at Auburn, was the only time USM white pants all season. The second, a loss at North Texas, saw the Golden Eagles wear black pants on the road for the only time in 2018.


    Southern Miss's final two road games of 2018 featured two nearly identical combinations. In a loss at Charlotte, the Golden Eagles wore black helmets with the black and gold "ghost" Southern Miss wordmark decals with a single gold stripe, white jerseys, and gold pants. In the final game of the season, a win at UTEP, they wore nearly the exact same combination, but with the helmet stripe removed. By removing the stripe, the helmets became identical to the 2


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    The new Adidas uniforms provided Southern Miss with their best overall look since ditching Nike in 2012. The simple, clean design of the jerseys and pants is a major upgrade over anything the Golden Eagles wore under Russell Athletic. I hope that they can get the gold-matching issue figured out for 2019; I thought that the gold numbers outlined in white made for the best black jersey look Southern Miss had worn in a long, long time. The gray numbers just don't look near as good. If they could get everything to match, I think Black/Black/Gold with gold numbers would be an incredible home uniform for the Golden Eagles.

    Aside from figuring out the black jersey issues, I'd also like to see Southern Miss get the gold jerseys some game action in 2019. I think Black/Gold/White has the potential to look really good in this set; I  still think that the B/G/W combo worn against Tulane in 2009 was one of Southern Miss's best looks ever.

    I like the way Southern Miss continues to experiment with helmet design; the 1980, 2003, and 2015 looks are all solid and should continue to see the field once or twice a year. Still not a fan of having a number on one side of the helmet and a logo on the other; using the eagle logo on both sides of the helmet is probably the way to go with that look. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with in 2019!