Notre Dame to ditch neon green uniforms for NCAA tournament opener

March 21, 2013

Yeah, these just aren’t working. (Getty Images).

DAYTON, Ohio — The leader of the free world need not fret: Notre Dame’s players say they expect to wear their white jerseys in their first NCAA tournament game, not the dreaded, glowing green ones that drew the ire of President Obama.

“I wish Obama was on our side about the jerseys,” junior guard Eric Atkins said before the team’s practice Thursday. “I like them a lot.”

Notre Dame wore the controversial uniforms — visualize: the hue of key lime pie when viewed under a black light — in the Big East tournament, and Obama remarked to ESPN while filling out his bracket “that neon glow thing wasn’t working for me.”

“They’re kind of love or hate,” conceded Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant. “Some people love them, some people hate them. There’s really no in-between.”

Fighting Irish players say no one has been shy about offering their opinion — even if their compliments don’t always seem sincere.

“I could tell a lot of people weren’t telling the truth to me when they said how they felt about them,” said senior Jack Cooley. “I personally really liked them.”

The seventh-seeded Fighting Irish and their white uniforms face No. 10 Iowa State on Friday night at University of Dayton Arena.

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