Tuesday, July 16, 2013

1950-67 Uniform

I thought I'd take a break from the more recent years' sets, and work my way to the past. Pictures are even harder to come by from these years, but thankfully, Auburn's Glomerata (the yearbook) is posted online, from 1897-2003, so I have many pictures from back then.

Ralph "Shug" Jordan, yes the famed football coach, coached many (if not all) of these teams during this time period. The 1959-60 team actually won the SEC Championship.

(Remember, the earlier uniforms consisted of the short shorts, yet my template does not convey that very well. So I tried my best to keep it as close as possible to the old shorts. Hopefully they don't look too far off)

 
As you can see, Auburn wore the same template for both their uniform sets. I did not find any pictures of an orange uniform. And all pictures from here to further in the past are all in black and white, so any color is more or less a guess on my part. All striping on these uniforms are smaller than depicted here. The numbers and wordmarks were huge back then. Maybe not quiet this big, but bigger than usual. The team also wore real belts back then, and I love their orange belts.
 
I know content is slowing down, but it is taking much more time and research into the older uniforms. Stay with me and hopefully I'll make more progress real soon!
 
War Eagle!
 
 


Saturday, July 13, 2013

1999-2000

I know the next set in order would be from 2003-04, but I'm still working on those. So, we shall skip to the great season of 1999-2000. What would be a season full of wins, amazing dunks, an SEC Championship, and a Sweet 16 appearance, Auburn showed up in what were certainly some unique uniforms. Auburn actually had three different designs of uniforms. Not just three different colors, but different designs. Check it out-


As you can see, none of these are the same, as it is the norm today. The orange uniform has a wide white stripe, with sweeping blue stripes, on ONE side of the uniform (much like the 2013 uniforms, which I thought were the first to feature this.). The white uniform features tiger striped collar and armholes, with an odd AU logoed V-neck block. The blue uniform features the same pant and side stripe design as the white, but the collar and armhole stripes match the rest of the uniform, versus the tiger striping on the white uniforms.

The number font matches on the white and orange ones, but the AUBURN insignia on the front matches the white and the blue. The blue set even has an orange AU on the belt, the white set has the Eye of the Tiger logo, and the orange ones have nothing in that place. How odd is it to see a team use such completely differing templates in the same season?

It's a good thing this team won on the court, because keeping up with these uniforms was no small task. Searched through videos, pictures, old Glomeratas, and everthing else.

I chose to feature three different players instead of the usual one because of course, the three different templates, the fact that these three were some of the greatest Auburn players of the decade, and, if I wanted to feature just one player, Chris Porter's #4 wouldn't show off the unique number font, like Doc Robinson's #50 and Mamadou N'Diaye's #34.

I'm still working on the seasons I'm missing so far. Please share some info if you have any.

Thanks, War Eagle!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

2005-06 Throwback Uniforms

The SEC celebrated 80 years of basketball back in 2005. To honor the occasion, every SEC team threw back to a team specific year. Auburn chose 1985, which was the great year of SEC Champions, Sweet 16 appearance, and Charles Barkley.

All SEC teams wore this "Eight Decades" patch-


Auburn's throwback uniforms looked like this-


Note the black memorial armband on the blue uniforms. I'm currently researching to figure out exactly what the band memorialized, but if anyone knows, please share!

(I said I wanted to complete the 2000s by the weekend, but that goal is getting even tougher. Pictures are few and far between of the years I'm working on. Hopefully I can still hit this goal!)

War Eagle!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

2004-05 Uniforms

Following the completion of the 2003-04 season, Auburn basketball was under NCAA investigation, and then head coach Cliff Ellis was fired. Auburn soon hired new head coach Jeff Lebo, and the Lebo era began. 2004 also marked the year of new uniforms for the Tigers. Russell Athletic created a unique look for the basketball court. New word mark, new font, almost new everything. And boy was it brutal (the number font especially)-

White or orange striping down the sides, down the shorts, around the bottom hem or the shorts, and near the arm hole. Arched NOB. Brutal number font. Let's just say these look better in this template than on the court. But then again, the quality (and number) of pictures from this season aren't very high...
 
I know that the colors on the white uniform are correct, but coloring (especially the NOB color) for the blue and orange are just guesses. If you happen to have info, pictures, etc...regarding these, please share so I can update these to the exact specs.
 
 This now completes seven different uniforms that were worn by Auburn. Just wait, the older ones are even weirder.
 
War Eagle!


Monday, July 8, 2013

2005-06 Uniforms

Auburn and Under Armour inked a new contract on December 1, 2005, which meant that the 2005-06 athletic season would be the final season outfitted by Russell Athletic, which was based in Alexandria City, only 45 minutes from campus. Russell's last year was also the 100th year of Auburn basketball, which celebrated the occasion by wearing this wonderful patch:

 
 
Auburn played it's first varsity game of basketball on January 19, 1906, where the Tigers beat Tulane 27-17. That year the team finished 5-1-1. The team was coached by legendary football coach Mike Donahue. One of the five wins consisted of beating the other legendary coach John Heisman's Georgia Tech team. Two of Auburn's most important, famous, and influential football coaches faced off against each other, as coaches, in basketball, in Auburn's first year of playing. How incredible is that?
 
Oddly enough, that patch was the only one that the basketball team wore (other than the Russell Athletic patch on the shorts); no conference patch, no maker's patch, nothing but that. What is a really good looking patch was brought down significantly by the ugly uniforms worn that year, and the year prior. Random is the only word to describe these. Random stripes all over the place. Look-
 
 
 
White or orange striping down the sides, down the shorts, around the bottom hem or the shorts, and near the arm hole. Arched NOB. Brutal number font. Let's just say these look better in this template than on the court. But then again, the quality (and number) of pictures from this season aren't very high...
 
I know that the colors on the white uniform are correct, but coloring (especially the NOB color) for the blue and orange are just guesses. If you happen to have info, pictures, etc...regarding these, please share so I can update these to the exact specs.
 
Thank you, War Eagle, and see you for the next post.

 


2007-08 Uniforms

The 2008 calendar year was the 75th anniversary for the SouthEastern Conference. To commemorate, the SEC designed this nice 75 year logo. This logo was worn as a patch on many (not sure if all) SEC athletic teams during the year. Football and basketball both wore them as jersey patches.

As far as Auburn basketball uniforms went for in 2007-08, the patch was the only difference from the previous year.

 
White or orange piping blazon the jersey and pants, down the side, down the pants, across the chest, and across the back of the pants. Small white or orange block and bottom of V-neck. Small AU logo below blocked off V-neck. Under Armour logo on left thigh, AU logo on lower right pant leg. "TIGERS" written on the back left leg (this seemed to be hit or miss, as it was on some pictures, but not others. Same goes for 2006-07 and 2006-07 uniforms.)
 
This completes the Under Armour era uniforms. I still plan to complete the 2000s by this week, but pictures get tougher and tougher to come by as we go further in the past. Stick with me and hopefully some of the readers out there have some good pictures of older uniforms they are willing to send me.
 
Thanks and War Eagle!

2006-07 Uniforms

2006 was the first year that Under Armour outfitted Auburn's basketball team, after signing with UA in December of 2005. With the inaugural design, Under Armour went with something a little different as far as basketball uniforms go.
 
 

White or orange piping blazon the jersey and pants, down the side, down the pants, across the chest, and across the back of the pants. Small white or orange block and bottom of V-neck. Small AU logo below blocked off V-neck. Under Armour logo on left thigh, AU logo on lower right pant leg. "TIGERS" written on the back left leg (this seemed to be hit or miss, as it was on some pictures, but not others. Same goes for 2006-07 uniforms.)

(I know the back view of these contain a V-neck. That was in the original template design, and I forgot to erase it.)

Episode four complete. Let's see if I can knock out all of the 2000s and possibly late 1990s by the end of the week.

War Eagle!


2008-09 Uniforms

2008 was the first year to feature the circle SEC logo on the Auburn basketball uniforms. The logo has been on the left chest ever since. On November 8, 2008, Virgil Starks, Auburn's athlete counselor and academic supporter, passed away. To honor Starks, all Auburn athletic teams wore a VS logo with a graduation cap and tassel on it. The logo is as followed:
 
The VS logo was worn on the right chest of the basketball uniforms after the November 19th game versus Mercer, which means they played one game between Starks's death and the addition of the path. This is what the uniforms look like with both patches.


White or orange piping blazon the jersey and pants, down the side, down the pants, across the chest, and across the back of the pants. Small white or orange block and bottom of V-neck. Small AU logo below blocked off V-neck. Under Armour logo on left thigh, AU logo on lower right pant leg. "TIGERS" written on the back left leg (this seemed to be hit or miss, as it was on some pictures, but not others. Same goes for 2006-07 uniforms.)

This is the last year this uniform design was worn, as Under Armour soon rolled out their new 2009-12 design. The 2008-09 season was also the final season played in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. The following seasons were and continue to be played in the new Auburn Arena. This logo was placed on the court of BEMC during the final season.


Three designs down, many many more to come. Thanks for reading!

War Eagle!

2009-12 Uniforms

In 2009, Under Armour released new uniforms for the Tigers. I honestly don't remember the announcement, if there even was one, but this was a few years before I truly began following uniform changes. In what was a bold change at the time, these uniforms were much cleaner and bolder. 2009 was also the first season of hopefully many to come being played in the new Auburn Arena


Double colored collar contrasting with the body color. "Tiger striped" shorts allow for all three colors to be showcased at the same time. Tight "V" shape on the jersey stopping an inch or so short of the armpit. Nicely sized AU logo on back of jersey just below the collar. "AUBURN" and "TIGERS" are written on the shorts above the end of the top pant stripe on the back of the leg. Arched "AUBURN" wordmark on the chest of the jersey. Under Armour UA and SEC circle logo on the left and right chest respectively. UA logo on left thigh, AU logo on right thigh of shorts.

This concludes the second chapter in this very long project. These uniforms were actually the first I made on Photoshop, so I apologize for some of the sloppiness, and the fact that the short stripes are not spot on, which is a tough task, as you can see in this picture.


As I said, the database photo is not spot on. But at least you can see what it looked like in person.

Thank you for reading this chapter. Again, let me know what you think of these uniforms, the way I'm going about this whole project, ways to improve, and please relate older pictures of older uniforms to me if you get the chance.

Thanks again,
War Eagle!



2012-14 Uniforms

Since cameras, photos, and social media make pictures more plentiful and better quality, this journey will start backwards, from now to the past. This is the quickest way to get some content on this site. Pictures of older Auburn basketball years are difficult to come by. So why tire myself out on the old stuff? Exactly. Let's start with the past season.

2012-2014

In what was an extremely disappointing season (my freshman year at Auburn), the Tigers did have some unique, asymmetric uniforms that were a great sight to see, given the record of this team.


As you can see from above, Under Armour went a little out on a limb with this set. Northwestern-stripes inspired by the football team are placed on the right shoulder and left short leg. Lines cut into stripes at angles, which seem a bit random and unnecessary. Big AU on the right short leg pays tribute to many old school Auburn basketball uniforms. AU-logoed "belt buckle" on the waist band is a cool touch. Under Armour square neck rather than typical V-neck. Small AU button on back of jersey right beneath the collar. Under Armour UA on left chest and left waist. SEC circle logo on right chest. These (along with the previous 2009-12 uniforms) are my favorite uniform set of the 2000s, which isn't saying much, as you'll soon learn.

Episode 1 of many stories complete. Hope you enjoyed this entry, hope you'll join me for the rest to come. Feel free to comment on your opinions of these uniforms, as well as ideas as to how I can improve this blog. It's new, I'm new to blogging and uniform database-ing, so go easy on me please!

War Eagle!

P.S. If you have any photos of old Auburn basketball uniforms (2008 and earlier) please share with me!



Welcome

Welcome to the Auburn Basketball Uniform Database. Auburn basketball is a storied program. Over the 100 plus years of Auburn basketball, the uniforms worn by the Tigers has changed with the ever changing times. This blog is dedicated to searching through as many old pictures and documents as it takes to document ever single uniform design down the simplest details ever worn on a basketball court by the Auburn University Tigers.

War Eagle and thank you for joining me on this journey!