The North Carolina Tar Heels are set to kick off their 2013 season home this weekend. The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders will be traveling into town.
The first home game is always special for any team, but this year the Tar Heels have brought on a traditional pattern from the basketball team on over to the grid iron. The end zones at Kenan Memorial Stadium have been decorated with Carolina blue and white argyle mingled into the “CAROLINA” and “TAR HEELS” lettering.
The argyle became a North Carolina symbol in 1991 when head basketball coach Dean Smith approached designer Alexander Julian about a design for new uniforms. Julian put argyle into the uniforms and with the approval of Michael Jordan, it became a part of their official uniforms that season. Still to this day, argyle is a symbol of North Carolina and UNC Basketball.
While the basketball program has made the design famous, the football team has never used it…until now. At the spring game in April, Larry Fedora unveiled new uniform designs and colors to bring a significant change to their look. Now the end zones have a new look and were given a touch of class.
North Carolina will play Middle Tennessee State at 12 p.m. (Saturday) to open their home season.