hjones13

University of Mississippi ~ Ole Miss Athletic Overhaul

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At the University of Mississippi, the athletic teams are the heart of the student body.  Whether it is a crisp Autumn Saturday Locking the Vaught, getting weird at the Pavilion, or a sunny and 75 beer shower at Swayze, it is safe to say that the Rebels are the largest entity that can unite the students, faculty, fanbase, and state as one giant, high-spirited, hospitable, and often inebriated, family.  With that being said, why not try to unite the different sports teams, at least in uniform aesthetics?  With this concept, that is exactly what I have attempted to do.  What it will consist of are football, baseball, and basketball uniforms and their various combinations, as well as a "new" group of wordmarks and number font that will send Ole Miss into this new era of national recognition and success in one recognizable and "fresh" brand, while still encapsulating and embracing the traits and nuances of the Rebel legends before them (How ya like that for "Nike-speak," eh?).  Forward Together, Rebs.  We are Ole Miss.

 

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Now for further explanation.  The script "Ole Miss" is relatively the same, only slightly differing on the end of the "s" and top of the "M," as well as the length of the overlap on the "O."  The "Rebels" wordmark is relatively new, using the lettering from the "Ole Miss" to add uniformity, as well as the "R" from the current baseball jerseys.  The number font is to pay homage to the uniforms of the Eli Manning era in football, and will be used uniformly through all sports, as will the scripts.  There is a new script "Ole Miss" with a tail that is to be used as a "throwback" script, and it was recently seen on the new powder blue uniform in baseball.  There are also the familiar "M" and "UM" logo's that make it over from the previous brand.  The official colors are also listed and are known as "UM Red," "UM Navy," "University Grey," and added to the official scheme is the infamous "Powder Blue."

 

Football is up next.

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First up, the football field.  Recently announced with the new addition of natural grass replacing the turf.  Here is my concept:

 

 

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Really like how you incorporated the state outline looks sharp. With that said I think a more block style "M" would look better.

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Gorgeous so far! The script looks much cleaner and the emphasis on the M for the brand is much better as a center point for the brand rather than the script. Excited to see what else you come up with

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Great idea! Loving it so far. Can't wait to see what's to come.

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The only part I don't like is the number font. Mainly because it's a font that was used by so many teams and it looks clunky and fat. I'm liking the field layout so far though and the wordmarks are pretty good.

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Up next are the football uniforms and their various alternatives, but for the purpose of my concept, there is only one set of pants that are to be worn no matter the top (unless it is my fauxback), and that is grey. I feel like keeping the same, classic pants style at all times adds to the sense of belonging in the discussion with the Alabama's (not that Ole Miss hasn't proved it the past 2 seasons) and Ohio States of the college football world.  No gimmicky pants options, especially with the heinous word mark down the leg. The primary is the navy top, and the red top is meant for those Saturday night prime time games, say when LSU is in town for example. Then there are two variations of white jersey, one emphasizing navy for playing against teams with red in their color scheme, and one emphasizing red for the same reason but with blue or any other dark color. Remember, the basis of this concept is to unify the athletics brand across the board, so the numbers and scripts will be different than the Ole Miss we know, but I think for the better (and more classy since I borrowed from the diamond on this one). The home tops will feature "Rebels" because obviously we all know it's Ole Miss, that's where it's being played, and the away tops don the "Ole Miss" in representation of the school on the road. Of course, the powder blue helmets are included as alternates, and can be used in combination with any jersey. Players were chosen solely off of trying to show off various numbers, and no current player used. C&C very welcome!

 

Home Sets (Navy)

 

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Home Sets (Red)

 

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Road Sets (Red)

 

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Road Sets (Navy)

 

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The grey face mask are meant to tie in the grey pants, and here are the alternates. All university grey, with corresponding shoulder stripes, and the brand new, baseball-inspired, powder blue fauxback jersey (that I wasn't too sure about, and still am not quite, but it's grown on me and I really like it) featuring the throwback script "Ole Miss" as well as a new red helmet with the throwback "UM" logo.

 

 

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The nameplates are entirely too small and difficult to read with the double outlines

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If Ole Miss had this many combinations of uniforms and helmets, I think they would use most of the time deciding which uniform to wear. ;)

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Well aside from the grey and powder jersey, it is the same amount of combinations as now, actually less with no white or navy pants. 

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1 minute ago, hjones13 said:

Well aside from the grey and powder jersey, it is the same amount of combinations as now, actually less with no white or navy pants. 

It just seemed like a lot in my opinion. But I'm kinda old-school. :blink:

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16 minutes ago, Clintau24 said:

The nameplates are entirely too small and difficult to read with the double outlines

 

And here I was just trying to fit it in the little box in the template ha.

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Up next are the Diamond Rebels, and keeping to the uniformity of the concept, there is a navy jersey, red jersey, white jersey, grey jersey, and powder throwback set.  You will find that the uniforms correspond (mostly) to their football counterpart.  Friday night games at home are meant for the navy jersey, saturday is white, and sunday is powder set.  Grey is the road primary, followed by navy and red.  Red is interchangeable with the sunday powder.  All hats are interchangeable with any set, as are pants (except for the powder pants, though white or grey pants could be worn with the powder jersey) but the primary look for all colored tops is grey pants (like football).  The primary hat with the navy jersey, white jersey, and grey jersey is the all navy hat.  The primary hat with the red jersey is the navy hat with the red bill.  Powder hats are meant to be used like the powder football helmets, and the red hat is for the powder uniform (but the powder hat can be used here too).  The hats are up first (putting them alone so it doesn't seem like there is an overwhelming number of uniform options due to only changing hats like it seemed for football with the helmets), to be followed shortly by the uniforms.

 

All Navy Hat

 

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Navy with Red Bill Hat

 

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Powder Blue Hat

 

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Throwback Red Hat

 

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Looks great, what sport is next?

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Up next is Ole Miss Basketball.  Recently moving into the state-of-the-art Pavilion, it's easy to see a more modern update of Rebel Hoops, including the floor.  Uniforms will follow.

 

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