North Carolina will wear the all-black uniforms against Miami on Thursday, Oct. 17, at Kenan Stadium. Billed as "Zero Dark Thursday," the Tar Heels will face the Hurricanes on national television in just the second ESPN Thursday night home game in school history.
The all-black uniform on "Zero Dark Thursday" is the first installment of the new "Tar Pit Series," which will feature an alternate uniform or helmet for one game each year. This year's alternate uniform color has been taken from the black tar in the Tar Heel logo.
"Our kids are excited about the new uniforms," said head coach Larry Fedora. "They saw them for the first time Friday and they are fired up about wearing them this year. We wanted to design a uniform that connected our team to The Tar Pit, our name for the student section. Make no mistake, Carolina Blue and white will always be our traditional colors."
The fully integrated uniform system incorporates the latest in performance innovation where the athlete's baselayer works in concert with his entire uniform - true innovation from the inside out. Lightweight padding is integrated directly into the crucial "hit zones" in the baselayer. Innovations include integrated Flywire technology in the neckline for reduced weight and lockdown fit over pads. Additionally, increased sleeve articulation provides better range of motion and four-way stretch fabrication delivers a streamlined shrink-wrap fit. The design enables speed without compromise.
"I haven't had the chance to wear them in a game, but I'm excited about the new look and what Nike has done to enhance the feel of the uniform for players," said senior quarterback Bryn Renner.