On July 24, the athletic department announced that Michigan State will be wearing the Pro Combat Uniforms against Michigan on October 15.
On July 26, the Detroit Free Press confirmed that the Pro Combat Uniforms were a player-led request: "The student-athletes that are currently playing asked Coach D for it," said Mark Hollis, athletic director at Michigan State University. "Coach D went to Nike. They didn't come to us. They've designed a heck of a uniform that's representative of Michigan State history. At the same time, is very futuristic looking. ... It's a stunning piece of apparel."
On July 29, Joe Rexrode reported that the idea of Michigan State wearing the Pro Combat Uniforms came from Will Gholston, who asked head coach Mark Dantonio during the offseason if he could get them for the team. Dantonio visited Nike in February and Nike agreed to provide the Michigan State Football team with Pro Combat Uniforms for the rivalry game against Michigan.
On September 13, Nike unveiled the design of the Michigan State Pro Combat Uniforms via its Facebook page.
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