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Should the UK Men’s Basketball Team Ditch the Checkerboards for the Women’s Uniforms?

Less than two months away from the start of the 2019-20 Kentucky basketball season, the Big Blue Nation is once again captivated by the Cats’ uniforms.

A post by Kahlil Whitney Thursday afternoon showed The Dragon rocking No. 2 in the same white uniform the Cats have worn for almost five seasons. The checkerboard design along the side is still featured prominently.

Typically, uniforms do not draw too much attention, but the checkerboard is exempt from this norm. Most fans do not like the checkerboards, while some (like myself) simply do not care. For those who share a disdain for the uniforms, there’s now a feasible alternative.

Members of the UK women’s basketball team have started to share the new look Matthew Mitchell’s team will rock this season. The checkerboard is still featured on the side, but it’s much more subtle. The design on the front is also different, with the Kentucky name arched over the players’ numbers, creating a classic look.

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The new women’s uniforms are similar to uniforms the men rocked in the mid-00s.

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The checkerboards don’t appear to be going anywhere, but should the men follow the women’s team’s lead?

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

44 Comments for Should the UK Men’s Basketball Team Ditch the Checkerboards for the Women’s Uniforms?



  1. ukkatzfan
    2:09 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    Typically uniforms do not draw too much attention. Bwahahahahahaha. Power K, Denim, Swish just to name a few. Uk and their fans are way too fashion conscious. Look at NY yankees, Alabama, LA Dodgers, Boston Celtics. Until we get down to 2 uniforms with a preference to one, marketing will be more important than the sport.



    • Memphis UK Cat
      4:12 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      I really don’t mind the checkers down the side. I absolutely hate the new cat logo. We are not KANSAS State!



  2. UKBaker24
    2:14 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    Anything but the checkerboards.. We started wearing them the 38-1 season and they have cursed us ever since. Lost to Wisconsin and haven’t returned to the Final Four. Barnhart does what he wants though so they will be here to stay for some time



    • BBNDan7
      3:06 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      This isn’t true at all lol



    • UKBaker24
      5:50 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      How so genius? We wore the same jerseys from the middle of the John Wall year thru the twins’ freshman year then went to the checkerboards.



    • mashman 93
      7:54 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      This is the second version of the checkerboard uniforms. The first ones came on the scene to start the 2014-2015 season but a little over halfway through the season we switched to the Nike hyper elite uniforms and wore them the rest of the season. Kentucky wore those uniforms for the 2015-2016 season and halfway through that season Kentucky went to an alternate blue uniform that had no checkerboards. Since the start of the 2016-2017 season Kentucky has had these same uniforms for every game. I personally feel like Kentucky(men) Basketball will get new uniforms for the 2020-2021 season just a hunch. Sorry for the long narration fellas.



    • UKBaker24
      8:56 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      I’m sticking with the checkerboard curse theory



  3. chadman3_25
    2:23 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    The girls jerseys have checkboard on them also. Did n
    I wish they would do a throwback of the Apex jersey days. Those are some of my favorite jerseys.



  4. chadman3_25
    2:24 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    Sorry thought I deleted the did n. Lol grammatical errors ugh.



  5. NOLAcat
    2:26 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    Whats the basis for saying “most” fans do not care for them? I’ve never heard anyone discuss it outside of KSR’s weird obsession with it.



    • ClutchCargo
      2:47 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      *Like*



    • ibescootch
      4:01 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      Totally agree. I consider myself pretty fashion conscious and I see no problem with the checkerboard, and even like touches of it on our stuff. And I’d be curious how many fans don’t like it simply because KSR has taken a strangely aggressive stance on it?



    • Nugget01
      4:11 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      Agree. I, for one, like the checkerboards.



    • Megan
      4:46 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, KSR likes to say it, but there’s no discernible basis for the claim. Just a bald assertion. I love the Secretariat silks, but I wouldn’t mind toning it down a bit. It started off as a small patch at the front of the waistband, didn’t it? Now it’s down the side of the entire uniform and much more noticeable. Like makeup, subtle is better. But by all means keep the Secretariat connection!



    • Dairy Queen All American
      7:14 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed. This is a KSR obsession. The uniforms are fine.



  6. Alex90
    2:39 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t like the checkerboard but it doesn’t bother me much. What does bother me is that we’ve had the same jerseys for 5 years now



  7. Based God
    2:41 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    If the guys wear their uniforms, then what are the girls going to wear?



    • CMH23
      2:49 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      New Rupp attendance record?



    • StillBP
      2:50 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      Also, we don’t really need their privates hanging out, something tells me the girl’s shorts wouldn’t fit right.



    • Megan
      4:47 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      Speak for yourself, StillBP!



  8. CMH23
    2:46 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    Replace the blue squares in the checkerboard with blue paw prints



    • gobble gobble
      2:56 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      Oh god no… we want BETTER uniforms, not worse



  9. ClutchCargo
    2:46 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    *Like*



    • ClutchCargo
      2:47 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      Reply fail…



    • Ridge Runner
      3:10 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      I’m smiling CC -not at you but realizing I mess that up on a continuous basis.



    • Ridge Runner
      3:12 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      I truly don’t care to be honest. As long as KENTUCKY is across that chest.



  10. dcforuk
    3:02 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    Yes, they SHOULD ditch the current uniforms!

    That is step A.

    Step B is getting something else and is represented by the Yogi Berra fork in the road — take the fork because once you ditch the uniforms, neither left nor right at the fork is wrong!



    • ibescootch
      3:57 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      Wut



    • dcforuk
      4:34 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      Just take the fork. If you realize that you are going the wrong way, then turn around and go the other way and pass by all the people hanging out at the fork trying to make a decision regarding which way to go. Sometimes it is necessary to get the bad decisions out of the way to get to the right, correct decisions…….Thomas E or Ben F – whoever it was that failed time and again but never gave up. We have made the wrong decision on uniforms but that’s ok as long as we get to the right decision. Let’s go retro…..



  11. 1UKFAN6
    3:16 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    Retro for sure



  12. Cousins Fake Tooth
    3:17 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    Not a fan of the checkerboards, but the womens are ugly too.



  13. AirForceOne
    3:19 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    I do not like the “KENTUCKY “ on the women’s. It looks like there are too many letters and they have to make the big arch. I prefer the lettering straight across



  14. meeksfor3
    3:55 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    Okay Nick so either you or me can’t see because I see checkerboard on the womens uniforms too….it’s just not as big.



  15. UKFanSC
    4:05 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    Don’t really care



    • dcforuk
      4:36 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

      There’s right, there’s wrong and there’s preference. Sometimes preference is fun as long as we all remember that preference is subjective!



  16. Led Weappelin
    6:23 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t even like the checkerboard uniforms on horse jockeys. Tired of it. Let’s just move on. Love the Kats uniforms.



  17. chris43
    7:02 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    No, I like our uniforms.



  18. notFromhere
    7:11 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    Sorry, too distracted by that fine art to the right of PJ… what was the question?



  19. BobbyBlue
    7:40 pm September 6, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t really care



  20. east-ky-boy
    12:17 am September 7, 2019 Permalink

    To be honest, it doesn’t matter what we think. How about this…..poll the players that has to wear them!



  21. Bigblueswami
    6:41 am September 7, 2019 Permalink

    I wouldn’t ditch the men’s uniforms for the women’s. Most of the women’s uniforms would be too small and very restrictive



  22. bbn606
    6:43 am September 7, 2019 Permalink

    Nothing says Tennessee like checkerboards. Let’s dont be the “Copycats”.



  23. wildcatwill
    12:45 pm September 7, 2019 Permalink

    Secretariat, hasn’t been around forever. Ditch the checkerboard. Let’s also ditch the stupid crooked new K and the Kansas State wildcat. I refuse to by any new UK gear with the new UK logo that looks like Houston’s.
    Bring back the Power K!!!