Florida basketball may be going back to black.
If these black Florida replica jerseys for sale at the Gator Locker Room online are any indication, black jerseys are an option for the Gators.
Y'all know, if you follow @AlligatorArmy on Twitter, that I watch Florida merchandise like a hawk. (Viva capitalism, I guess.) I first noticed these black uniforms last week on FansEdge, a third-party site, and just today am seeing them on Fanatics, run by the same company that runs Florida's store, and the Gator Locker Room proper. I may have been late on these, though: This thread suggests they've been up for most of the month of November.
I can't report anything about whether the Gators will actually put on these black jerseys, but I have an email in to a Florida spokesperson for comment. Update: Denver Parler, Florida's assistant director of communications for men's basketball, emails that "We don't have any plans to wear black uniforms."
I suspect these are black alternate jerseys, and going to be donned on the court in the near future, given that they match the home white and road blue uniforms exactly. (Use our gallery to go through the photos! It's fun.)
They may also be replacing Florida's orange alternates, last worn against Marquette in the Sweet Sixteen last year, because those orange jerseys are no longer for sale. The Gators wore orange camo jerseys, as first seen on Alligator Army, for Florida's appearance in the Navy/Marine Corps Classic, but those uniforms were not made available for sale.
Florida basketball hasn't worn black since playing at Georgia on February 27, 2010, in a 78-76 loss. The Gators have worn black 26 times under Billy Donovan, including several times against Florida State in the last decade, and are 14-12 in black uniforms under Donovan.
Florida also had black versions of its previous Nike uniforms, and you can still find and buy those (part of Nike's System of Dress) online, too. Florida never wore these incredible black-and-silver uniforms that were apparently planned for the 2007 NCAA Tournament, though.
As for the aesthetic appeal of these uniforms: Man, do I want one. Black works really well with orange, and really, really well with the sharp fonts on the current Florida unis. And I hope Florida wears them at some point, too.