It started with a tweet. Sherman Dillard, the always-impeccably dressed assistant coach on Fran McCaffery's Iowa hoops staff, posted this during Iowa's thunderous win over Ohio State last Saturday:
— Sherman Dillard (@shermandillard) November 4, 2017
Sherm, of course, wasn't the only one who thought Iowa's alternate threads looked pretty sharp -- we said as much when they were announced last week and they looked even better in action on Saturday. (And, sure, laying an all-time thumping on Ohio State helped -- they'd look great in almost anything if they're doing that.) But it got me wondering: what would Iowa hoops uniforms in that style look like? Obviously, the idea of wearing all-black uniforms isn't exactly unusual for Iowa hoops -- their standard road uniforms are all-black.
(Image credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports)
Still, a "Blackout"-style uniform wouldn't look identical to that. So I enlisted the aid of Horace E. Cow, our friendly neighborhood graphics expert, to come up with mock-ups for what "Blackout-style" Iowa hoops uniforms would look like. And as I think you'll agree, Mr. Cow knocked that assignment out of the park.
Again, these are just mock-ups, created for our own amusement. They are NOT real Iowa basketball uniforms that will be worn this year. But... they look pretty damn good, don't they?
A big thank you to Horace E. Cow for his invaluable assistance in crafting this post; it literally would not exist without him. Thanks, Horace!