Will Wyoming Football Ever Put Names on Jerseys?
LARAMIE -- Craig Bohl never allowed names on the back of jerseys, instead saying the word on the front is what really mattered.
Wyoming's veteran head football coach didn't permit players to wear the No. 1, either, stating there are no one's, "this is a team."
How about zero? You're kidding, right?
Bohl also said the days of alternate uniforms were in the past. Dave Christensen busted out numerous combinations during his five-year stint in Laramie, including a grey camouflaged monstrosity. There were brown helmets and even the state's famed Steamboat logo changed colors, too.
Bohl did surprisingly introduce a gold top before the 2021 home opener. Wyoming has worn those four times, including last December's Arizona Bowl. Will we see those again in two weeks in Tucson?
That remains to be seen.
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What we do know is, Bohl, after roaming the sidelines here for 10 seasons, announced his retirement on Dec. 6, hanging up his spurs after more than four decades in the coaching profession. That same afternoon, UW Athletics Director Tom Burman named defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel the 33rd head coach in program history.
Will the 52-year-old be more lenient when it comes to the swag of today's college football landscape?
"We're not all of a sudden going to come out like space invaders or anything else," he said with a grin. "That's not going to happen ... We won't do any alternate jerseys, we are a brown-and-gold university."
What about certain numbers and names?
"I have the right to change my mind on this," Sawvel prefaced, "but, right now, I will say no zero or one and no names on the jerseys."
Womp, womp, womp.
The news isn't all bad for the uniform junkies out there, though.
"At some point, we will do white on white," he said with a laugh. "So, that's as much as I can say."
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