Alternate uniforms 'irrelevant' in recruiting, Michigan's Jeff Hecklinski says
It also has donned eight unique uniform combinations in that time.
Coincidence? Or could the two be related?
There is a theory that wearing alternate uniforms helps recruiting -- in fact, Michigan has cited recruiting as one reason why it has worn so many looks the past two years.
But Wolverines recruiting coordinator Jeff Hecklinski isn't buying it.
"I think that's irrelevant," he said last week. "Is (wearing alternate uniforms) a part of the game today? Is it part of the day and age? Of course it is.
"But you know what? We got one of the greatest uniforms in the world. We got the most recognized helmet in the world. Not a reason to change. Sometimes if it's not broke, don't fix it."
Michigan's uniform carousel began last year when it sported a "Legacy" jersey for the night game against Notre Dame. It proceeded to wear a road version of that look at Michigan State, then more alternates against Virginia Tech, Alabama and South Carolina.
It also experimented with helmet numbers last year, plus had its standard home and aways.
Athletic director Dave Brandon has often said he favors employing alternate looks because players and recruits love them.
"For football (in 2011), we probably did a little bit more than we’ll do going forward in terms of variety, but we’re going to from time to time do some special things," Brandon said last year. "The coaches like it and the student-athletes like it and the recruits are enamored by it. So why wouldn’t we?”
Hecklinski says the new threads don't sway recruits, but one thing that does help: Night games.
"Night games and all that stuff, the atmosphere's electric," he said. "All those play into it, because it's piquing the interest.
"That helps create the biggest stage in college football. This is Michigan, and that's what you expect."
The Wolverines will host their second night game when Notre Dame visits Michigan Stadium on Sept. 7. Brandon has said he would like to play one night game per season, preferably within the first five weeks.
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