Arizona jersey sales will be limited to generic No. 14
By Steve Rivera
TUCSON, Ariz. -- So much for star power.
Arizona will join two other schools this academic year and not sell jerseys with numbers identifying its best players.
For Arizona, all jerseys will bear the No. 14 . . . as in 2014. Could it be the Year of the Cat?
"We've been thinking about doing this for a while," said Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne, in speaking to ESPN.
Byrne declined to speak further on the issue when contacted by FoxsportsArizona.com
Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne
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Texas A&M and Northwestern are the other schools not singling out student-athlete numbers. Texas A&M will sell only jerseys with No. 12 (12th Man), and Northwestern will sell only No. 51 (head coach Pat Fitzgerald's number during his playing career).
Last season, Arizona benefitted from the popularity of running back Ka'Deem Carey, selling a number of his No. 25 jerseys. It's not clear how many were sold, however, but they dotted Arizona during game days and are spotted frequently throughout the city.
The switch to "generic" jerseys comes on the heels of at least two lawsuits and a union labor dispute involving student-athlete compensation and the licensing of player likenesses.
An Arizona State University spokesman said there are currently no changes in the works regarding ASU's jersey sales.