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Traditional, contemporary join forces in new Fighting Hawks jersey option

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- University of North Dakota head football coach Bubba Schweigert said his program went with a combination of traditional and contemporary in a gray jersey option released Friday.

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- University of North Dakota head football coach Bubba Schweigert said his program went with a combination of traditional and contemporary in a gray jersey option released Friday.

UND has traditionally worn green and white jersey tops, with a black alternate option that came into the mix late in Chris Mussman's tenure as head coach.

The Fighting Hawks didn't wear the black jersey combination under Schweigert, whose staff now operates under contract with Adidas.

Schweigert said the gray option has some UND roots. The football program utilized gray pants and helmet in the 1970s.

"We always look to improve the perception of the program and this day and age uniform combinations and different options seem to appeal to kids," Schweigert said. "It's something you can show in the recruiting process. It's something that grabs attention for young people."

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Schweigert said a rumored gray helmet won't be an option in 2016, but "you never know where this goes."

UND hasn't determined which game or games will feature the gray combination.

"Our equipment guys will determine how to wear it, and we won't focus on it as a team," Schweigert said. "They'll wear what we put out there. Our focus is still our day-to-day work. It'll be nice to have a different look. This day and age it's what appeals to players, but our concern here in the walls of Memorial Stadium is that we have a great work ethic and move this program to where it should be."

Schweigert said UND is still in the development stages of a helmet featuring the school's new Fighting Hawks logo.

"We're working toward that process," he said. "Our goal is to have that displayed when we take the field at Stony Brook."

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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