Last season, Pitt basketball fans were treated to a blast from the past, as the team donned gold throwbacks between February and March. They were the subject of a teaser, a trailer and a highly anticipated unveiling and presaged the school’s permanent return to royal blue and university gold.
As such, they drew attention locally and nationally, earning a nomination for 2019 Basketball Uniform of the Year at Uniswag, a sports fashion website. The award is given based on the outcome of a fan vote, and the Pitt uniform topped entries from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Louisville, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Tulane to win the honor.
The top four finishers behind Pitt’s throwbacks were the entries from Northwestern, Ohio State, Arkansas and Florida, respectively.
While the uniforms were celebrated by the Pitt faithful during the 2018-19 season, it seems they will not be part of the team’s plans moving forward, as the gold throwbacks were apparently replaced with modern gold uniforms as part of Pitt’s recent rebranding effort.
The gold alternates for the 2019-20 season are not throwbacks. Instead, they have “Panthers” written across the chest in the new Cathedral font. They also have the “Panther head” logo on the shorts in addition to white trim. The classic Pitt logo is present, but it is only included in miniature on the waistband of the shorts.
While the future of the throwbacks is in question, the honor from Uniswag will at least ensure that they are remembered if they have, in fact, been done away with for good.