|2011-12 GameDay T-shirt unveiled|
MOSCOW, Idaho - Fans submitted them, a selection committee narrowed them down, a celebrity panel voted on them, and now the 2011-12 Vandal GameDay T-shirt is here.
A selection committee with representatives from the Office of Alumni Relations, Student Alumni Relations Board, VandalStore, Vandal Athletics Department and Creative Services whittled fan submissions for the 2011-12 Vandal GameDay T-shirt down to the best six designs. The designs were then voted on by campus celebrity judges including, University President Duane Nellis, Athletics Director Rob Spear, student-athletes, and ASUI President Stephen Parrot, among others. In the end, Moscow resident Christian Sanchez had the winning submission.
Sanchez's design features the top half of Joe Vandal's face and the text "Vandal GameDay 2011-12", and will be printed on a black shirt.
"My cousin, who is a Vandal alum, told me about the contest," Sanchez said. "At the time I was kind of in need for some projects to work on, and I just kind of jumped on the computer and came up with that."
The 2011-12 Official Game Day T-shirt will be revealed at Idaho's spring football game April 23, and will be for sale immediately following at all VandalStore locations and online for $8.95. The shirt will be sold throughout the 2011-12 year as the official GameDay T-shirt of 2011-12 for all Vandal athletics.
Sanchez said he played around with a few different ideas before winding up with his final design.
"I knew I wanted Joe Vandal to be on there, I had a couple different ideas with the font, and the one that's on there now just seemed perfect," he said. "At first I had Joe Vandal's whole face, and it took me a little bit to figure out how to blend it together like they do."
Sanchez has applied to attend the University of Idaho in the fall, and while his plan is to study psychology, he said he may consider going into graphic design.
"It's really exciting," Sanchez said. "There is so much Vandal pride in this town and it's something I really want to be a part of, and it's really cool that my work will be all over town."