Tar Heel, a nickname which applies to the University of North Carolina athletic teams has provided with a new color for this year NCAA Final Four. In the 1930’s, the name
“Carolina blue” was first mentioned from the UNC’s student newspaper. The Carolina blue, Pantone 278 was founded in 1795 when the University of North Carolina opened for enrollment and it was first seen on the school’s debate society. A century later the Carolina blue was adopted to Tar Heel’s sporting teams.
This coming weekend NCAA Final Four you will see North Carolina’s Tar Heels show off their new color, Pantone 542, a warmer shaded hue from the original Pantone 278. North Carolina’s coach Dean smith requested Mr. Julian for a tweak to Tar Heel’s uniform. The first thing Mr. Julian had noticed some Tar Heel’s blue didn’t match the original Carolina blue. Over the years the Carolina blue has been altered in many different color variations and lost its original hue.
Mr. Julian faced the horror first hand, seeing North Carolina’s newest alumni proudly draped in teal. Mr. Julian had enough and insisted the school’s chancellor for a fix and engaging this matter personally.
North Carolina school’s officials understood the unify behind a single color which they reached out to Nike for assistance. Nike took their time to interview the schools athletics and re-evaluating all details before anything. This project was challenging but thanks to everyone evolved this Saturday, North Carolina vs Syracuse University, Tar Heels will finally be wearing the same inexact color.
For more information on this go to: The Wall Street Journal