NCAA Kicks Retro: Hoya Paranoia
By krvanch - Jan 28, 2016
The Georgetown Hoyas have always be college basketball’s original rebels.
Before Michigan, before UNLV, John Thompson and the Hoyas had some kind of way around college basketball. Thompson himself was an intimidating force on the sidelines, 6 feet 10 inches of giant teddy bear, but a terror to opposing teams and most definitely officials.
His players were not different. Gritty. Hard nosed. Tough. Defensive minded. And most definitely, had the cockiness and confidence that they were the better of the two teams every time they stepped on the court. Nine times out of ten, they had the game won before the opening tip.
Outside of the inherent ‘swag’ of the team, the Hoyas adopted a unique trait for the 82-83 season. They bypassed the traditional home white uniforms for what has now become their signature gray uniform. Fast forward to the 84-85 season when they adopted an even more unique aspect of their on-court sartorial characteristics… gray kicks.
In 1985, Piggybacking on the successful “Be True to your School” college hoop campaign in which select schools were given team color Nike Dunks for game competition, Nike, the footwear supplier for the Hoyas, gave them their own shoe, The Terminator, for the 1985 NCAA Tournament.
Not to be outdone by simply having their own shoe exclusive to the program, they were team exclusive as they had “HOYAS” branding on the heel counter, a feature not offered at retail.
The Hoyas famously wore the Terminator during their 1985 run to the NCAA title game in which they fell victim to Villanova in what many call the greatest upset in NCAA Title history.
The following season, they continued to wear the Terminator including an added “reverse” team exclusive Terminator for road games.
But we all know about the Terminator.
Yes, it’s the Terminator which got all the pub back then, as well as the retro treatment, but during the 86-87 season, Georgetown wore another gray shoe, this time a team exclusive Air Force II with “Hoyas” branding on the lateral ankle collar.
Check out a few of the Hoya’s games in the 86-87 season for some of the Air Force II in action. First, a regular season matchup vs Depaul and an NCAA Tournament game vs Kansas.
Georgetown would cease wearing gray shoes for a number of years until the late 90s and into the present day, but it was this time in the mid 80s which triggered the gray trend.
Let us know what your favorite Georgetown shoes were of years passed in the comments and on social.