|Why do some college football teams not have the players names on their jerseys??|
Tradition they play as a team not as a Player and also alot of Colleges Think that by putting names on the Jerseys you are tryin to sell and un salable product (the kids arnt saposed to take any sort of money)
Some coaches prefer it that way in order to stress the importance of the team above that of the individual...It sure makes life harder for the announcers though.
In some sports, it's tradition not to put names on the home uniforms because the fans are so rabid and know who the players are (eg. Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees).
Football is probably the most team dependent among American sports. A player's stats are determined as much by the team's offensive/defensive strategy and the quality of his team mates as they are by his own talent. A lot of coaches like to emphasize that by not putting the players' names on jerseys.
Sorry I can't answer your question, but I will disagree with Chris C. that the entire PAC-10 does not allow names on jerseys. That is incorrect. Some PAC-10 teams do have names on jerseys (Oregon Ducks, for instance).
One thing thats even stranger is this...
First off it doesn't have anything to do with confrences, USC is the only team in the Pac-10 that doesn't have name plates. I think it mostly has to do with tradition, but I'm not 100% sure. Either way I like the look, it kinda goes off the basis that if they make enough plays people will know who they are, they wont need the name plates.
chris c is wrong. some teams in the pac 10, such as AZ, AZ ST, UCLA and OR ST ( i think cal, wash and wash st do as well) , put names on the back of their jerseys...i can only answer as to why USC doesnt. USC doesnt because its been a tradition since the program started. Why other schools dont...i have no idea.
I can answer for one school in this situation, Notre Dame. For a few years they had names, but then took them back off. It is because Notre Dame has a long tradition, that was broken, but brought back, of being key on being one. One team. When you put the names on the jersey, you bring on individuality, and take away the "team" mentality.