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Pitt brings back mustard yellow with throwback uniform

Pitt Homecoming uniform (2016)

The Pittsburgh Panthers showed off their throwback uniforms to be worn at some point during the 2016 season, thus taking the lead in the alternate uniform competition this season. Nobody is going to top it in my book.

The Panthers will wear their awesome throwback uniform for the homecoming game against Georgia Tech on October 8. At this point in time, this is the only time we will be graced with this terrific look, although Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi is not necessarily opposed to wearing the uniforms a second time this season.

“I think it’s going to be something that our seniors, our eagles, will kind of decide, `Hey, what do we want to do?’ If they like the look, I’m open to anything. I just want to coach football,” Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said Tuesday.

Let’s have a closer look at the uniform in all its splendor.

Pitt's throwback uniform for 2016, via Pitt Athletics.

Pitt’s throwback uniform for 2016, via Pitt Athletics.

Oh yes, just look at that popping combination of blue and yellow. This is Pitt football as it should be. The color palette swap of 1997 was refreshing at the time, but as the years went by the more and more Pitt should have found a way to bring this look back into the fold. I would prefer to see Pitt wear this look for every home game, but we’ll take what we can get this season. At least they made the decision to embrace the Pitt script full-time last fall. It’s a start.

Let’s compare this retro uniform to one worn previously by Pitt legend Tony Dorsett in the mid-1970s…

Tony Dorsett, Pitt

As you can see, this retro uniform is faithful to the look from the mid-1970s era of Pitt football. The blue jersey is lacking the stripes worn by Dan Marino in the early 1980s, and the white numbers are outlined in mustard yellow. The yellow pants feature a blue stripe outlined by a thin white stripe on each side. The colors may be a tad brighter now than they were before, especially on the helmet, but that’s OK. It looks great. Speaking of the helmet, have a closer look…

Looking good #Pitt. Throwback helmet for homecoming game, via Pitt Athletics. #h2p

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The uniforms are getting positive feedback from former Panthers as well, including Larry Fitzgerald.

So do I, Larry. So do I.

For those keeping score, Pitt now has 13 uniform combinations for the upcoming season. Coincidentally (or perhaps by design), that is one uniform combination for each game on the schedule with 12 regular season games and a bowl game. I think that is six combinations too many (if not 11) as I am not a fan of Pitt’s blue helmet.

What do you think of Pitt’s throwback uniform? Would you like to see these used for another game this season? If so, which one would you choose? Leave your star rating for this uniform design as well as any comments you may have below. Check out more images of Pitt’s uniforms on Facebook .

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Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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