Columbia had an awesome uniform the last two years, but a lousy team (0-20). So the Lions, under new coach Al Bagnoli, tossed the baby out with the bathwater and changed unis a bit ... OK, a lot.
For those keeping score at home, this makes three Ivy League teams that have made a fade to black this season, along with Dartmouth and Harvard. I'm sure the idea is to strike more fear in the hearts of opponents, because that worked so well for UMass (2-22 with Charley Molnar's black unis) a few years back. Really, I think it's kinda silly for teams to add black when it has little or no history in their uniforms (especially when you have Crimson or Green in your names) but hey, it's what the kids like these days, right?
You can see the video of the Columbia uniform unveiling here.
Some Columbia unis that actually have Columbia blue in them: 2014, 2013, 2003-05, 1996, 1974-76, 1971-73, 1970, 1965-67.