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BD80
11-15-2010, 09:10 AM
Quick question, and likely a stupid question.

It looked like the uniforms had a patch on the right shoulder last night. Was it symbolic or was it covering some sponsorship or was it a figment of my imagination?

loran16
11-15-2010, 09:18 AM
Not symbolic and really lame.

New rule in the NCAA this year: To quote ESPN's Uni-watch:

"A basketball jersey doesn't offer much real estate for patches and logos and such. So it's just as well that college hoops jerseys have never carried manufacturers' marks or NCAA logos.

Until now.

That little blue square beneath the American flag patch is an NCAA logo patch. It's part of a new uni-certification program designed to cut down on uniforms that violate NCAA regulations. The program is voluntary this season, but schools that successfully go through the certification process now get to wear the new logo and are also permitted to have a swoosh or other maker's mark on the chest -- something that has previously been permitted on shorts but never on jerseys."

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=lukas/101111_uni_watch_NCAA_basketball_preview&sportCat=ncb

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In other words, you'll also notice Duke now has the swoosh on the top left; that wasn't allowed before. The new patch on the top right allows for them to wear the swoosh there.

EDIT: You can see the image of the mark here: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/photos?gameId=303180150&photoId=957377