Thursday, February 16, 2006
|Ronald Steele and Jermareo Davidson|
TUSCALOOSA – The University of Alabama will don uniforms from the Reggie King era, 1976-79, for SEC Throwback Week. All 12 of the Southeastern Conference’s teams will wear retro uniforms for their games this next week.
Alabama debuts its retro look on Saturday when it plays host to the Tennessee Volunteers at 3 p.m. CT to a sold-out Coleman Coliseum. The Crimson Tide will wear its retro road uniform for its Tuesday night game at Arkansas on ESPN at 8 p.m. CT then will wear the home retro uniform again on Sunday, February 26 when it plays host to Florida at 3 p.m. CT for a CBS game.
The teams will wear their retro uniforms throughout their play at the 2006 SEC tournament as well.
Alabama chose the uniforms based on the special stripes that accent the jersey and the shorts and the great success of the Alabama teams that wore those uniforms.
“I just think that was a special era in Alabama basketball in the mid to late 70’s,” said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried, “and I think it’s good for our players to recognize that era of basketball. I think our players will be excited about wearing them.”
Those C.M. Newton-coached teams were potent, finishing No. 6 in the AP final poll, winning the SEC regular season and advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 and a 23-5 record in 1976; advancing to the NIT Final Four and finishing No. 10 nationally with a 25-6 record in 1977; going a perfect 12-0 at home in 1978 (17-10 overall); and advancing to the NIT Final Four in King’s senior season of 1979 (22-11).