Monday, September 29, 2014

Brown Bears (1967-71)

The Brown Bears had worn traditional brown and white since the late 1950s after having worn tan pants (and occasionally tan helmets) for several years previously. During Len Jardine’s stint as coach (1967-72), Brown changed its helmets from brown to gold:

The ’67 pants and road jerseys were a continuation of what the Bears had worn earlier in the decade. In ’68, brown-and-gold striping was added to the pants, and stripes were placed on the road jerseys - horizontally:

A stripped-down road jersey was worn in 71:

Gold continued in ’72, but I’ve never had a good photo of the ’72 helmet, which used a small bear logo, and I'm not sure if the trim was gold or red. We’ll add it eventually.

After six seasons and a 9-44-1 record (Dartmouth won nine games in 1970 alone), Jardine was gone, and the gold helmets left Providence with him. In 1973, Brown hired John Anderson from Middlebury, and he switched to silver helmets.

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