In doing so, they revealed the new look for the rebranded Central Illinois Flying Aces: red and white jerseys with navy blue accents and a primary crest logo featuring a shark-toothed fighter plane.
“We wanted to make this reveal as memorable of a moment as possible because it really signified the start of our new chapter as the Flying Aces,” said Brendan Kelly, the team’s chief operating officer. “To be able to do this in Bloomington at such a big event for the city is really symbolic of how we want our identity to become an integral part of the community — both here and throughout Central Illinois.”
“We knew we wanted to have red as our primary color because of the special significance it holds in the area and the qualities of power and speed that it evokes,” Kelly said. “Between that, the logo and name, we feel that our new identity really embodies the talent of the rising stars we have playing for us.”
Those jerseys have been an occasional nightmare for colorblind fans, but that won’t be an issue with Michigan’s light all-maize look and Florida’s darker “flooded blue.”
Nike says the uniforms are a celebration of Michigan’s bicentennial and “in honor of the 150-year anniversary of the school’s official colors, maize and blue.”
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh floated the idea of an all-maize look before last season, according to then-Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis. Players seem to love it.