Billy Napier reveals that Florida will wear alternate uniforms, offers timeline
Billy Napier is taking a page from his experience as a head coach at Lousiana-Lafayette and mixing it with the traditions and expectations at Florida.
One of those areas is uniforms, and Napier recently told Richard Johnson of Sports Illustrated that the Gators will wear alternate uniforms soon. As Johnson pointed out, Florida has only once strayed from its orange, white and blue uniform color combinations, and it did so in 2017 for a one-off alligator skin pattern. That’s going to change soon.
“We’re gonna wear black uniforms here at the University of Florida,” Napier says. “But each one of those uniforms that we wear we are going to auction off, and we’re gonna sell those and take the money and we’re gonna give that to families that maybe had some type of injury and setback and are living a little bit different lifestyle as a result of their military service and their setback.”
Because of the timing of this season, Napier doubts the Jordan Brand will be able to turn around black uniforms for the 2022 season, but does anticipate doing so for ’23. Napier is familiar with alternate uniforms from his time with the Ragin’ Cajuns, and used it as a teaching component.
He brought guest speakers in the week of the game to teach the Ragin’ Cajuns players about different branches of the military, and his staff wore camo on the sideline for its ’20 win over South Alabama, held the week of Veteran’s Day.