The Indiana football team will have a familiar look added to its uniform for the 2019 season.
Athletic director Fred Glass announced on Monday that the Hoosiers will have the names of players on the back of the jerseys again next fall. The names had previously been removed under the university’s Brand and Uniform guidelines.
“After listening to feedback from a variety of sources, particularly from our fans, I believe it is the right decision to return to an exception for football to our tradition of not having players’ names on our uniforms,” Glass said, according to IUHoosiers.com. “I have come to understand that, taken together, the competition venue, the distance of most of our fans from the field of play, the large number of players and the use of duplicate numbers, as a practical matter call for the return of the players’ names to our football uniforms not withstanding our continuing philosophy of team over self.”
Indiana’s other sports do not allow for players to have the names on the back of their jerseys.
The Hoosiers will open up the 2019 season against Ball State at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 31.