Friday, December 30, 2016

Auburn Wears Nickname for First Time Ever

The Auburn men's basketball team has debuted a new uniform for the first home conference game of the season for the second time in three years. Back in 2015, the Tigers wore Under Armour's newest template and design with brackets on the shorts and jerseys, and tiger stripes sublimated on the majority of the uniform. Thursday night would see the debut of Auburn's third different uniform in two years.

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Freshman Mustapha Heron wears the first Auburn basketball uniform to feature the team nickname
across the chest. (Photo via Madison Ogletree, Auburn Plainsman)

Monday, December 19, 2016

Auburn's Sugar Bowl Aesthetic History

2017 Sugar Bowl Auburn Oklahoma history

For the first time in twelve years, the Auburn Tigers will be heading back to the Super Dome in New Orleans. This will mark the sixth time the Tigers have played in the Sugar Bowl, tied for the most bowl appearances with the Gator Bowl. Auburn's Sugar Bowl history is nothing short of a deep and entertaining rabbit hole.

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Dark Ages of Auburn Basketball Uniforms

This site was originally set up to document the uniform history of Auburn basketball. As I went through and documented the many different uniforms of the program, the 2000-2004 period was always difficult to nail down. The biggest issue was that, for some reason, photos and videos are few and far between, let alone those in good quality. So trying to track down evidence of the uniforms and date them was extremely difficult. Now that I've acquired basketball media guides and Glomeratas (Auburn's yearbook) from the time, it's been a little easier.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Auburn's Two Tiger Stripe Uniforms

Remember when the 2015 Auburn Basketball team broke out alternate uniforms for part of the season? Turns out that wasn't the first time the Tigers had done so. Recently I started diving back into the basketball uniform research that I've always enjoyed, trying to tackle the late 1990s to mid 2000s time period that has always been difficult to research. With media guides and Glomeratas by my side, I have nailed most of it down, but there was a secondary issue that came up.

Scott Pohlman sports one of the two different Tiger Stripe uniforms that
Auburn wore in 1998-99 and 1999-00 (original photo via Getty Images)

Monday, October 31, 2016

New 2016 Basketball Uniforms

For the third time in three years, the Auburn men's basketball team will be sporting new uniforms. The women's team will also be wearing new uniforms this upcoming season. Let's take a look at both sets.

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Horace Spencer poses in the new uniforms for picture day (photo via @AuburnMBB twitter)

Monday, October 10, 2016

SEC Honors Graduate Student-Athletes

Over the weekend, many of the SEC football teams made a minor adjustment to their uniforms. What started by one team at the beginning of the season has spread to a handful. Now, it's easier than ever to spot a player that has already completed their degree.

T.J. Davis became one of the first Auburn Tigers to wear the new SEC Graduate patch (photo via Zach Bland)

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Vest in the Business

Gus Malzahn took over the head coaching job at Auburn in 2013. Not long after he started his head coaching tenure on the Plains, Malzahn established his own coaching wardrobe. The sixth game of the 2013 season, the homecoming game, was the first time Gus broke out his now infamous sweater vest. The BCS National Championship Game that year set the Auburn world on fire when Malzahn emerged from the tunnel wearing a Mike Ditka inspired vest. Sweater vest sales in and around Auburn soon skyrocketed and Under Armour even released a similarly styled vest for Gus to wear the following season.
Gus Malzahn sweater vest visor hat

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New Compression Sleeves

College football is finally back in full force. The first week of games were great for a fan's standpoint, but not so for the SEC and the seven conference teams that lost their opening game. Even with Auburn's loss to Clemson, there's a lot to discuss, most of which you can find on other sites across the web. Here at the AUD, there's a few aesthetic-related items to discuss, like always. But there's one piece of equipment that caught my attention more than anything else - the arm compression sleeves.

Auburn Football 2016 arm sleeves
(photo via Adam Sparks / The Plainsman)

Monday, August 29, 2016

2016 NCAA Uniform Recap

The long wait is nearly over. College football is nearly back in full force. Before the season starts off with one of the best opening weekends in history, take a look at EVERY uniform change that happened during the summer. There's a lot here. A total of 116 teams, from the Power 5 conferences all the way to Division 3, made at least a minor tweak. The following list is in alphabetical order by conference.

2016 NCAA Uniform Recap

Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 Fall Under Armour Lineup Overview

As happens every year, Under Armour has a new lineup of merchandise for the upcoming athletic season. Last year wasn't the strongest for Under Armour, but this year looks to have a bit more potential. The majority of these products, images, and prices come from the AUTeamShop.

2016 Under Armour Auburn

Monday, August 15, 2016

SEC Patch History

The more I dive into Auburn's uniform history, the more I enjoy the tiny details that have gotten lost over time. One of my favorites is that of the SEC patches. When was the first time Auburn sported the conference patch? Now there's a random trivia question for you. Believe it or not, it was only 20 years ago - the 1998-99 season. That season was a rough one for the Tigers, aesthetically and athletically. The team went 3-8 on the season and wore the often loved, often hated Tiger Eyes logo on the pants for the first and only time in program history. Thankfully, for many, that was the final time Auburn would wear the orange drop shadow uniforms. 

Nick Marshall throws in a 2014 game against San Jose State
Photo via Shanna Lockwood / USA TODAY Sports

Monday, August 8, 2016

Terrible 2s

A-Day games are a wonderful chance for fans to enjoy some Auburn football during the off-season and see football for a little while during the long wait between seasons. While the majority of fans enjoy seeing the new players wearing the Auburn orange and blue for the first time, I'm always excited to see the old uniform template back, even without the nameplates on the back. One thing I noticed last season was on RB Jovon Robinson's jersey - the #2 was different than the rest of the team. I put it off as a random mistake and never thought anything else about it.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

New Auburn Soccer Kits

The 2014 season saw the Auburn Soccer program break out some new kits that featured the football team's infamous Northwestern Stripes across the chest, in a typical soccer sash style. Last year, the team added a new orange set for the goal keepers to match the rest of the team. The upcoming season, which starts with an exhibition match against Alabama on August 11th, will see the Auburn Tigers sporting another new set of uniforms, albeit with slight changes from the previous set.

Senior Samantha Solaru sports Auburn Soccer's new blue kit. (photo via @AuburnSoccer)

Monday, July 25, 2016

New Auburn Arena Court Design

Since moving to the Auburn Arena in 2010, the Auburn basketball team has played on the same court design ever since. Six years worth of men's and women's basketball, gymnastics, and a few years of volleyball, among all the other events that have happened in the Arena, the old court had taken its fair share of wear. Court manufacturers recommend refinishing hardwood courts every eight to ten years or so, therefore Auburn was due to restore the wood, and what a better opportunity to mix up the design.

2016 Auburn basketball court

Monday, June 27, 2016

Season in Review

Yes, I did do an end-of-2015 uniform wrap-up, but this new feature will now be moved to the end of the athletic year to better cover the year's worth of Auburn uniforms. With the last of the Spring sports just recently wrapping up, it's the perfect time to go through each team's uniforms throughout the 2015-16 athletic season.

Auburn baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, football uniforms

Monday, June 20, 2016

Back to the Drawing Board - More Auburn Football Concepts

There's been a lot of chatter about alternate uniforms for Auburn football lately, thanks to the release of a wonderful video documenting the first time the Tigers broke out the orange jerseys in the modern era (I'm also credited in the video, so go watch it!). It's a typical topic - what would happen if Auburn ever deviated from tradition? - that pops up during the football lull of the summer months.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

An Unorthodox Uniform - Fagan's Patch Problem

Auburn Softball won the hearts of so many Auburn fans and a lot of the country last week in Oklahoma, with the fantastic catches by Victoria Draper and Tiffany Howard, the walk-off grand slam by Emily Carosone to force a game 3, and even Courtney Shea's final at-bat. Last week I posted a full-length look at every uniform that was worn during the WCWS, even mentioning the odd cases of teams not wearing the WCWS patch. But something not mentioned was something we don't see often - an Auburn uniform mistake.

Auburn's Haley Fagan
Original photo by Adam Sparks / AU Plainsman

Saturday, June 11, 2016

2016 WCWS Uniform Recap

Another season of collegiate softball has come and gone, with the Women's College World Series wrapping up last week, with the Oklahoma Sooners taking home their third National Championship trophy.

Much like last year, I was lucky to make the trip back to Oklahoma City to follow the Auburn Tigers to their first WCWS Finals appearance. Though the outcome wasn't what we had hoped for, the trip was a fun one and full of tons of softball.  With eight teams and fifteen games played over the last week, there was plenty to enjoy. Plenty of uniforms to discuss as well, which is always the fun part.

WCWS 2016 Uniform Recap - ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, Oklahoma City
Stadium shot by Dakota Sumpter / Auburn Athletics

Monday, April 18, 2016

New Alternate Auburn Baseball Uniform

The rumors were true, they do exist. Yes, the poorly designed and unfortunately sold at retail jerseys that were seen in shops over a month ago are real. They made their debut over the weekend. And they look just as bad on the diamond as they do the clothes hanger.

Kyler Deese in the new Auburn alternate uniforms
Auburn debuted new alternate Under Armour uniforms this weekend. (Kenny Moss  / Auburn Athletics)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Auburn Football Players Sporting Riddell SpeedFlex Helmet

Spring practice for the Auburn football team began a few weeks ago, and while most people are concentrating on the new players like QB John Franklin III and the rotation of the linesman, I'm scouting out nearly every photo gallery available to see one particular thing - what helmet the players are wearing. This spring has already seen a number of players sporting a new helmet that hasn't been worn at Auburn until now.

Bryan Mathews photo /

Thursday, March 24, 2016

New Uniforms Coming for Auburn Baseball?

Back in late January, I was alerted by a Twitter follower to a new Auburn baseball jersey design being sold at the local Alumni Hall store. I initially had mixed reactions to the jersey, for the design was something that was completely out of the norm for Auburn baseball. Even wearing some pretty odd jerseys in the early years of the Under Armour contract, I thought these would be too far fetched for with the current uniform arsenal.

Kamp Fender photo / Eagle Eye News

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New Auburn Softball Uniforms

The Auburn Softball season has thankfully started back up. As the Tigers begin their #RoadToOKC campaign, the team will be sporting some new uniforms. Let's take a detailed look at each of the new uniforms.

Auburn Softball uniforms 2016
Kamp Fender / Eagle Eye News