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Old 02-13-2018, 05:31 PM
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Default History of the Bradley alternate color uniforms

I am posting this here as a separate thread so it can be reference again in the future if needed. Post replies if you have any comments or corrections.

Here is some history of Bradley's alternate colored uniforms-

Black or another 3rd color uniforms were suggested a number of times when Ken Kavanagh was Bradley's AD. And as much as I respected Ken, I didn't like his decision not to allow them. He felt strongly that Bradley's colors were Red and White, and that the uniforms should not feature any other color.

But after Ken left in June, 2009, the athletic administration was more open to an alternate jersey color, and plans began to develop to use them.
The Black Nike uniforms were unveiled for the first ever Bradley "Blackout Game" promotion February 9, 2010 against Illinois State. The team wore the new black uniforms, and all 11,281 fans (the 5th largest crowd in Bradley's history) received nice black tee shirts.
Bradley lead for the first 38 minutes of the game, but faded at the end and lost 62-61 to a pretty good Redbird team.
Game summary-

But then Bradley returned to the red and white uniforms for the remaining 5 regular-season games that year.
Then, Bradley surprised everyone and broke the black uniforms out again on 3/5/10 in their opening game in the quarterfinals of the 2010 MVC Tournament. #5 seeded Bradley blasted a pretty good #4 seeded Creighton team 81-62 to advance to play the #1 seeded UNI.

But then the magic apparently wore off. The Braves wore the black uniforms one more time that season the next day on 3/6/10 in the semifinal round against the top seeded UNI, and lost 57-40-

The next season, 2010-11, was a bad year when Taylor Brown was out all year with his heart issue, and Sam Maniscalco missed almost the entire season with an ankle injury. But Bradley did not wear the black uniforms again during that entire 2010-11 regular season.

However, Bradley brought the Black uniforms out of mothballs for the opening round of the 2011 MVC Tournament in a game against Drake on 3/3/11, and #10 seed Bradley played extremely well and clobbered #7 seed Drake 63-48 for Jim Les' last win as Bradley coach.

Then, on 3/4/11, Bradley went back to their red road uniforms for a quarterfinal game against Wichita State.
Jordan Prosser had dislocated his left kneecap in the previous night's win over Drake, and joined Sam Maniscalco and Taylor Brown in street clothes and did not play. #10 seed Bradley played the #2 seed Wichita State, and the undermanned Bradley team lost 70-56 and was eliminated from the tournament.
I am not sure why Bradley did not wear the black uniforms that game. One rumor was that it had to do with black being one of Wichita State's colors, and that they did not approve, even though WSU wore their white uniforms that game.

Then in the 2011-2012 season, Geno Ford's first season at Bradley, Bradley broke out all new designed Nike black uniforms in the Chicago Invitational Challenge played at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, IL. They played Wisconsin in the opening game on 11/25/11, and lost 66-43-

The next night, on 11/26/11, Bradley went back to wearing their red uniforms and lost to Nevada 64-49-

Bradley wore the new black uniforms one more time on 12/22/11 at Michigan in a nationally televised game. Geno Ford's first Bradley team played well, but lost 77-66-

Bradley did not wear the black uniforms again that season, and after that season, the administration switched uniform manufacturer from Nike to Adidas. They had second thoughts about using the black uniforms, so they put them back in storage, and I do not believe they have ever been used again since.

So there must be 2 complete sets of these old Black Nike uniforms sitting in some storage room somewhere (the set that was used 4 different times during the 2009-10 & 2010-11 seasons, and the second set that was used twice in the 2011-12 season). If anyone knows anything about them, or if they still exist, let us know.

One more historical tidbit-
Does anyone recall that Bradley wore one other different colored uniform in a home game on a single occasion?
In a home game on 2/16/13 against conference opponent Indiana State, Bradley wore pink uniforms as a breast cancer awareness promotion.
Bradley won the game 80-68. The pink uniforms were auctioned off in a silent auction during that game, and have never been used again since.-

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Old 02-13-2018, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Da Coach View Post
..The pink uniforms were auctioned off in a silent auction during that game, and have never been used again
and I hope it stays that way
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