Utah's men's basketball uniforms will once again feature player names on the back of the jerseys.
June 23, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY - The Runnin' Utes 2009-10 uniforms will feature the return of individual player names to the back of the jerseys, Utah head coach Jim Boylen announced Tuesday.
"I feel that our players have earned the right to have their names back on their jerseys," said Boylen. "After talking with my staff, we felt that our reasons for taking the names off and the goals we wanted to accomplish had been satisfied. I think our players, coaches and everyone involved in the program have taken more ownership for the success of this team and playing with Utah across your chest means something again."
Utah's 2009-10 uniforms will also feature two other changes. The Utes' drum and feather logo will be placed on the back of the jersey above the player name and the American Flag patch will be moved from the back of the jersey to the front. The uniform style and color schemes will remain the same.
Boylen originally removed individual names from the Utes' jerseys prior to the 2007 season, replacing them with UTAH.
In his original announcement regarding the name removal, Boylen stated: "From day one, I've said that the players and the people who are supporting this program need to take more ownership. We're trying to build this program the right way. I felt there wasn't enough emphasis on playing for the University of Utah and what it means to have UTAH across your chest or your back. Again, this is an outward statement toward our inward commitment to become the best program in the country."
In just his second year at the helm, Boylen and the Runnin' Utes captured both the Mountain West Conference tournament and regular-season championship titles, becoming the fourth team to sweep the conference crowns in the 10-year history of the league. Utah was awarded a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, its first NCAA appearance since 2005, and the highest seed ever received by an MWC team.