Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel leaves door open for alternate jerseys in future

With the transformation to Nike and Jumpman complete, Michigan athletic director rules out alternate uniforms for the team this season. However, he leaves the door open for future alternates.

Under Adidas, Michigan's alternate uniforms were met with mixed reviews in the past.

With the transition to Nike and Jumpman complete, many are sitting around and waiting to see whether U-M will don alternative uniforms for the 2016 season.

According to athletic director Warde Manuel, 2016 seems unlikely. However, he left the door open for the possibility of an alternate in the future.

"We'll look at what they bring to the table and maybe some ideas that we may have about that, but, for this year we really like the look that they created for the team," Manuel said. "I think the uniforms are, I don't know if a football uniform can be pretty or handsome or however you describe it, I really love the look that they created for the team this year. We're going to enjoy that and then we'll look and have conversations with them about alternates and we'll see where that goes."

When it comes to the football program, Manuel likes to keep a hands off approach unless something requires his attention. He is well aware that Jim Harbaugh is very capable of running his own program, even down to the minute details.

While, naturally, he will be considered in any conversation regarding alternate uniforms. Ultimately, it's up to Harbaugh and the team whether any will be produced in the future.

"In my world, Jim (Harbaugh) and I really haven't had a conversation (about alternates,) I would leave that up to Jim and how he wants to handle that with himself and the team," Manuel said. "You can create the alternate uniform, I may be a part of the conversation but i'm not going to dictate to my coach on a certain game you have to wear a certain uniform. We'll work on one if we want to have one on the shelf somewhere, and then I'll leave it up to Jim and the team to make that decision whether they want to wear it."


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