New Michigan St. uniforms will have names restored on back

Updated: May 27, 2007, 6:44 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Something old, something new, something white and something green.

Michigan State on Saturday unveiled new football uniforms that blend high-tech material with traditional styling.

The uniforms are made of a new, more durable lightweight stretch material that replaces heavier knit fabric, offering improved ventilation and retaining less moisture. They produce "a tight shrink-wrapped fit that minimizes grab points for opponents to hang onto," Nike said in a statement released by the school.

Last names have been restored to the backs of the jerseys; then-coach John L. Smith had the names removed in 2003 in an effort to promote team unity.

The Spartans will debut the uniforms in the Sept. 1 home opener against UAB.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press