One day after being called out about it on social media, BYU Football has announced that they will be in Royal Blue for the 2019 season.
It has been a debate that has been going on for about ten years now since the Cougars first brought back the royal uniforms in 2009 against Utah. Should BYU switch back to royal permanently?
Most fans believe so.
Even Tom Holmoe has commented that he likes royal more but it can be a tough subject since the school and the athletic programs need to be on the same page. The official colors of BYU are navy and the tan that everyone loves, but there is no question that athletics has the most influence over public opinion and is the most recognized part of BYU nationally.
On Saturday, March 31st, Lisa Wilson, the mother of Zach Wilson made a plea on social media to make the uniforms permanently royal because it would help to unite the fan base and provide a punch and energy that the team really needs.
The tweet was retweeted dozens of times and received over 500 likes when the announcement came out. In a statement by the BYU Football equipment management team they said,
“BYU has had a rich tradition of different uniforms ranging from navy to royal and even with some tan mixed in from time to time. Through it all however, royal has been the color of championships for the Cougars and after a slow transition over the past ten years, it is time to fully recommit.”
Later in the statement it went to on to say that while royal would be the official color going forward, the navy would still be an alternative uniform option along with black, all whites and a new alternative uniform that will be announced in the next few weeks.
All of this can also be credited to BYU’s recent agreement with Nike which will run for the next seven years. Although no statement has been released on their side it is reasonable to think that Nike is in full support of the announcement.
As far as other teams making the switch, there is no clear indication if they will make the switch immediately as well.
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Yes, this is an April Fools joke, but maybe we can get the ball rolling on this and make it actually happen. The tweet was real and the support is definitely real.