IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa’s visiting football locker room received a humorous Michigan makeover Saturday before the teams square off in a prime-time game at Kinnick Stadium. Instead of the famed pink walls that have come to define the space, Michigan’s equipment staff redecorated with a room full of maize and blue pictures, flags and phrases.
The equipment team posted a 58-second video on Twitter showing off the new look, while “Hail to the Victors” played over the sound system. Some areas were draped in large blue tarps. But there were plenty of block “M” images and Jordan brand logos to go around.
— Michigan Equipment (@HailEquipment) November 12, 2016
Former Iowa coach Hayden Fry first had the Hawkeyes’ visiting locker room painted pink in 1979, purportedly as a means to gain a pregame psychological advantage against the opponent. The school rebuilt its pink locker room in 2005 during a stadium renovation project, and it has been the subject of controversy since.
No. 3 Michigan (9-0, 7-0 Big Ten) is listed as a three-touchdown favorite against Iowa (5-4, 3-3) ahead of kickoff (8 p.m. ET, ABC).