So much to do between now and Jan. 1. Arranging travel, organizing schedules, keeping up with injuries and awards. Then there’s covering all the other sports going on outside of football – a top-5 men’s hoops team, a volleyball team in the NCAAs, etc., etc.
And let’s not neglect our top priority as reporters, journalists and downright wholesome American citizens: the fashion beat.
And I have the vital details you demand, straight from the man who knows best: MSU Athletic Equipment Coordinator Bob Knickerbocker. His shocking answer might surprise you. (See how I’m milking the digital trick of the before-the-cut tease?)
“We’re going to put the Rose Bowl patch on the jerseys,” Knickerbocker said. “But at this point – and I’m being very honest – we aren’t going to do anything special. I know we’re the home team, so that means green jerseys. And no surprises. I don’t know about the pants, to be honest. That decision will be made by coach (Mark) Dantonio.”
There you have it, from the man who has been the epicenter of MSU’s on-field wear since 1983.
Granted, that uniform decision isn’t within Knickerbocker’s control. Ultimately, it rests well above him – with Dantonio, Mark Hollis, apparel sponsor Nike and the school’s marketing department. Knickerbocker also didn’t reveal what helmet might be worn for the game. The Spartans wore their HydroChrome domes just once this season, against Nebraska.
But if there are any secrets, don’t expect them to be revealed until arrival in Pasadena. If Bob Knickerbocker doesn’t know or won’t tell, we scribes surely won’t know … or very much care.