A little update: Not counting the three NEC teams (Bryant, Central Conn., Sacred Heart) I have now documented every uniform in this project from 1950-2015, with the exception of two teams (1950 UConn and 1970 Penn, I'm looking in YOUR directions). Including pre-1950, NEC and D-III uniforms, that's 868 individual uniform graphics. Geez, that's a lot of hours starting at a computer screen.
On to a one-year UMass style from the Dick MacPherson years. The "UM" from 1970-72 was replaced by an outline of the state of Massachusetts with "UMass" inside in tiny letters, in a font that resembles something from a Dunkin' Donuts sign (OK, DD didn't use that font for a few more years, but work with me here). It's easy to see why this logo didn't last -- in addition to the microscopic letters, the logo is hard to make out from beyond 10 feet.
|A close-up of the short-lived 1973 UMass helmet, from the school's Index yearbook.|
|Another closeup, this one of the Minutemen on the sideline.|
|A whole page of Minutemen in action, from the '74 Index.|
Thankfully, UMass' replacement for '74 was one of the best logos ever (just my opinion).