Although Georgia head coach Kirby Smart tried to hide it, the Bulldogs will be decked out in the black jerseys at home this upcoming season.
Chip Towers of AJC’s DawgNation spoke with Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity on the potential of breaking out the alternate tops, and he confirmed that on Tuesday. When Georgia decides to don the black jerseys, it will be far from a surprise.
“Whenever the black jerseys are worn, people will know well in advance of it,” McGarity said. “It’s not a gimmick; it won’t be a surprise. It will be up to Coach Smart to make that call, but it will be a home game.”
McGarity’s statements debunk that of Kirby Smart last week. When available to the media last Monday, he told reporters that Georgia will “simply see how that goes.”
Georgia will not wear the jerseys until the middle stages of the season. In the contract for the season opener against North Carolina, it states that Georgia and North Carolina will wear their traditional home uniforms, red for the Bulldogs and blue for the Tar Heels.
Also, Georgia only has one true home game in September, against Nicholls State. McGarity believes that it will be too hot to wear the black alternates as the Georgia heat and humidity will linger.
Another game Georgia fans can cross out for potential black jersey games is the Florida game in Jacksonville, as both Georgia and Florida will wear their traditional home uniforms yet again.
Georgia’s other home games will come against Tennessee (Oct. 1) and Vanderbilt (Oct. 15), Auburn (Nov. 12), UL LaFayette (Nov. 19) and Georgia Tech (Nov. 26). These are the only games in which carry potential for Georgia to go outside of their traditional uniform realm.
Georgia has not worn black jerseys since 2008, but McGarity says it will make a yearly appearance.
“We already have them,” McGarity said. “It will be one game a year. It’s one of our team colors. But we still think our red jersey is one of the best in college football.”