Instead Nike has stuck closely to the traditional Vanderbilt color palette and has actually made a number of subtle changes that will enhance the look of the Commodores. Though much of the reason for new unis is in the upgraded technology (terms like flywire and high impact were thrown around liberally during the launch) the look has to be right too.
Head Coach James Franklin described the new gear as "a simple, but sexy look", and the new jerseys, pants, and helmets, allow Vandy to choose between 40 combinations for game day. Of particular note is that for the first time since the early ‘90s the word Vanderbilt will be prominently featured on the front of all Commodore jerseys. This is hugely symbolic of the way that Franklin wants the players to be proud of the school as they represent on the field every Saturday.
Other changes we like include the change to black shoulders, numbers, and letters on the gold jersey and an awesome looking white helmet which will be worn by the team for the first time in three decades. Though new uniforms do not guarantee success on the field, keeping up with the style and look of other SEC schools is of vital importance in the PR and recruiting battlefields.
Consider this a win for Vandy.