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Nike Makes Pleated Khakis For Jim Harbaugh -- Will They Become Cool Again?

By: Evan Jankens

Michigan unveiled their new Jumpman football uniforms Tuesday, as well as the gear that Jim Harbaugh will wear on the sidelines during the 2016 season. And something on the Harbaugh mannequin immediately grabbed attention.

That's right, they're making pleated Nike khakis for Harbaugh. Hopefully, this means he can trash his $8 Walmart version. There's no word on whether the public will be able to buy these dad-bod monstrosities.

If they went public, would a Nike swoosh on a pair of mom-in-the-1990s pants make them popular? I personally love the swoosh, have loved it since I was 11 or 12 years old, but I couldn't make that leap.

I'm not a fan -- of the pants or the school -- but of course being a Michigan hater is in my blood. The entire Jankens side of my family went to Michigan State, so as my dad says, "I was raised right."

Having said that, I am so jealous that Michael Jordan is sponsoring the University of Michigan's football and basketball team. Here is where I have a little bit of a problem. Is it nitpicking? Absolutely, but despite the hoopla over Harbaugh Nike didn't just roll out khaki pants on August 2, 2016.

If you go to, which I often do, you know you can already purchase Nike khaki pants. Of course, none of them are pleated and puffy, Harbaugh style.

It's a safe bet that the pants Nike-sponsored Urban Meyer is wearing in this picture from last year were made by Nike.

Ohio State v Michigan
ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Mark Dantonio, whose Michigan State Spartans are sponsored by Nike, wears khakis on the sidelines. Do you think those aren't made by Nike?

Big Ten Championship
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 05: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans leads his team onto the field before the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

I get it that Michigan fans are excited their school is no longer sponsored by Adidas.  But seriously, people should worry more about the games scheduled for the upcoming season than the gear the players will be wearing.

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