IU AD Fred Glass Listens to Fans, Returns Names to Back of Football Uniforms

Image: Sammy Jacobs Hoosier Huddle

Image: Sammy Jacobs Hoosier Huddle

IU Athletics Release
 Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced today that the IU Football team will once again have the players’ names on the back of its uniforms when the 2019 season kicks off this fall.

Following the lead of all IU’s other varsity sports and IU’s then-new Brand and Uniform Guidelines, the names had been removed from the back of the football uniforms for the 2018 season. 

“After listening to feedback from a variety of sources, particularly from our fans, I believe it is the right decision to return to an exception for football to our tradition of not having players’ names on our uniforms,” Glass said. “I have come to understand that, taken together, the unique qualities of football including the size of the competition venue, the distance most of our fans from the field of play, the large number of players, and the use of duplicate numbers, as a practical matter call for the return of the players’ names to our football uniforms not withstanding our continuing philosophy of team over self.”


The 2019 season kicks off Aug. 31 against Ball State at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, while the Hoosiers’ home opener is Sept. 7 against Eastern Illinois.