|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)
Much like the 2014-15 team, Auburn began the 1998-99 season by wearing the same uniforms from the year before. It wasn't until post season play that things began to change. These changes would ultimately set the stage for Auburn basketball's uniforms up until 2004. The Tigers faced rival Alabama in the first round of the SEC Tournament on March 5, 1999. They did so wearing what might possibly be the fan favorite uniforms.
Auburn's original Tiger Stripe uniforms featured an orange wordmark on the chest and numbers. The most defining element of the jerseys, secondary to the tiger stripe trim, was the placement of the AU logo on the collar. The logo was placed on a blue piece of cloth, sewn on behind the striped collar. For lack of a better term, I dubbed this a "bib" and will refer to it as such throughout this piece.
|Daymeon Fishback sported the "button" version of the |
Tiger Stripe jersey against Florida in 2000
Following the SEC Tournament, the 1998-99 Auburn Tigers team made it to the NCAA Tournament, eventually losing to Ohio State in the Sweet 16. The Tigers wore these "bib" jerseys throughout their postseason play.
As the 1999-00 season began, Auburn was once again sporting the "bib" jerseys, defeating UAB in the season opening game. It wasn't until the team played in the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico that things changed. I can't nail down the exact game, but I'm pretty certain it was the December 21 game against Virginia Tech that marked the change in design. The orange wordmark and numbers were changed to blue, and the collar was changed from the "bib" to more of a "button" that sat on top of the collar (similar to this). The "button" jerseys were worn throughout the rest of the season.
Secondary to the jersey changes, the team also switched up the shorts. The first season, the Tigers wore a pair of white shorts that featured a white waist band that sported an orange AU logo on the front. For the following season, Auburn switched to a blue waist band that featured the Tiger Eyes logo on the front.
|A side-by-side photo that showcases all the differences between the two versions of the Tiger Stripe uniforms, including |
the different color wordmark and numbers, the AU logo placement on the collar, and the waist band color and logo.
It's no secret that Auburn's history is poorly documented, but it is rather shocking that so few photos and videos exist of this time period - arguably the greatest time in Auburn basketball history. It's only fitting that one of the most popular uniforms for the Auburn basketball program - and the story behind it and it's counterpart - were lost to history. Until now.
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