Men’s Basketball Debuts Pink and Black Alternate Uniforms

Last night’s Rally in the Valley was a big hit ahead of tonight’s primetime matchup with Ohio State, but the most exciting thing to come from the pep rally had nothing to do with football.

The men’s basketball team unveiled some sleek new throwback alternative uniforms in Penn State’s original colors: pink and black. Head coach Pat Chambers unveiled the new uniforms at the rally and said that the team would wear them for two games, presumably at the Bryce Jordan Center, in the coming season.

Here’s a look at the sweet pink and black unis:

Long before the days of blue and white, Penn State sported a unique color combination of pink and black. The university implemented the colors in 1887 when a committee of three students chose them.

“We wanted something bright and attractive but we could not use red or orange as those colors were already used by other colleges, so we chose a very deep pink – really cerise – which with black made a very pretty combination,” George R. Meek, Class of 1890, said at the time.

After the baseball team was mocked by opposing teams and the pink faded to white in just two years, the school switched to royal blue and white, a pair of colors that has become synonymous with Penn State.

Does this mean we can expect to see the football team wear pink and black throwbacks at some point in the near future? Probably not, but one can dream. The team is rumored to be wearing the uniforms on Nov. 28 at Bucknell and Dec. 3 vs. Virginia Tech.

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Zach Berger is a reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.

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