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USU Athletics unveils new logo

assistant sports editor

Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012

Updated: Saturday, April 28, 2012 22:04


Kyisean Reed shows off one of the two home basketball jerseys. Tavin Stucki photo

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Running back Kerwynn Williams models a football uniform with the new athletics logo. TAVIN STUCKI photo

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Nearly four years ago, president of the Nike brand and USU alumnus Charlie Denson started conversations with USU Athletics Director Scott Barnes about revamping the brand of USU.

After 17 years of what is known as the “U-State” logo, USU Athletics unveiled a new logo in a press conference Saturday. Nike revamped the USU image — which included an alternate uniform for 12 of the 16 Division I USU teams.

“I think it’s definitely an upgrade from last year,” USU senior running back Kerwynn Williams said. “Nike really did their thing and upgraded our jerseys real well. I’m glad that we have choices. Nobody will really know what we’ll come out with next — we just have a lot of different options we can do. I feel like Nike outdid themselves.”

Nike’s partnership with USU is a special opportunity, Barnes said.

“You need to understand that we are absolutely in rarified air,” he said. “Nike isn’t working with Mountain West and WAC schools. They are working with four or five of the elite schools in the country.”

Barnes also announced changes to Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium and the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The stadium will receive new turf along with the new logos and a new jumbotron is currently being installed inside the Spectrum along with new logos.

Those changes are expected to be finished around July. Nike representatives — who were impressed with the USU student section during a home game against Idaho two seasons ago — decided to trademark the USU HURD with t-shirts and a new design.

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