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Last updated: 09/01/2010 12:51 PM
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Football
Csuri, Nike to Unveil Alternate Uniforms Wednesday
By Brandon Castel

This year's Nike Alternate Uniform to be worn in the Michigan game.

Charles Csuri was an All-American and team MVP for Ohio State in 1942 when Head Coach Paul Brown led the Buckeyes to their first ever National Championship.

Csuri helped open holes for a star-studded backfield that included Les Horvath, Paul Sarringhaus and Gene Fekete. Wednesday he, and nine others, will clear the way for Nike to reveal their 2010 Pro Combat Uniforms.

“Today, Nike unveiled high-performance Nike Pro Combat uniforms in new designs for 10 elite college programs that reflect the teams' traditions, character and culture,” Nike said in an official release posted on Hurricanesports.com Tues. but dated for Sept.

A team captain in 1943, and a decorated World War II veteran, Csuri first made history as part of the 1942 Buckeyes National Championship team, which will be the inspiration for this year’s alternate uniform.

Terrelle Pryor in last year's OSU's alternate uniform.
Photo by Dan Harker
Terrelle Pryor in in last year's alternative unifom

Like last year, Ohio State will wear the alternate Pro Combat uniforms against Michigan on Nov. 27 in Columbus. According to the release, this year’s version will include “stylized script numbers, a replica U.S. flag on the jersey sleeve and the camouflage-print base layer honor the WWII-bound Buckeyes, National Champions of 1942.”

Despite losing 18 lettermen from the 1941 team, and having only three seniors on the roster, the ’42 Buckeyes went 9-1 with a 21-7 victory over Michigan. They knocked off favored Iowa Pre-Flight 41-12 on their way to a Big Ten title and the school’s first ever Associated Press National Title with a vote of 1,432 to 1,339 over second-place Georgia Tech.

Paul Brown’s ’42 team is the second team chosen by Nike as “inspiration” for the alternate jerseys. The Buckeyes wore white uniforms with scarlet numbers, gray pants and white helmets bearing the player’s number in black last season against Michigan to “pay tribute” to Woody Hayes’ 1954 National Championship team.

“The Nike Pro Combat System of Dress merges innovation and inspiration to deliver the lightest uniform in the industry,” said Kris Aman, Global VP and GM of Nike Athletic Training, which includes football.

“The designs incorporate cultural cues emblematic of each team's identity and heritage. They're more than uniforms, they're expressions of pride.”

This year’s Pro Combat jersey will incorporate the home version of the 1942 jersey into its look with a more modern feel that may or may not appeal to Ohio State fans. There was a large uproar over wearing alternate jerseys in Ann Arbor last season, and the groundswell could be even louder this year with the current pandemonium over the future of the Ohio State-Michigan game.

If 2010 is the last year where the two storied rivals will meet in the final game of the regular season, it will be done with Ohio State wearing non-traditional uniforms. That may not sit well with traditional Buckeye fans, even if the jerseys are 37 percent lighter and meant to “capture the soul and spirit of each program.”

Other teams unveiling 2010 Pro Combat uniforms Wednesday include Miami (Fla.), Alabama, Boise State, Florida, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, TCU, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Among those presenting the uniforms’ unique stories are Michael Irvin (Miami), Errict Rhett (Florida) and basketball coach Bob Huggins (WVU).

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