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UNI students asked to take off Iowa/ISU shirts

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Students at the University of Northern Iowa are being asked to take their black or red shirts off -- in exchange for something more purple.

As Lucas Willett found out, his Iowa shirt was a target.

"Just woke up late for class and threw something on," he explained when asked about his shirt. "Wasn't really thinking." 

Basketball coach Ben Jacobson and wrestling coach Doug Schwab exchanged Willet's Iowa shirt for a UNI shirt.

"(We're) just trying to get (Iowa and Iowa State gear) off our campus," Jacobson said. "We're the University of Northern Iowa, and we've got a lot of pride in what we're doing. It's an opportunity to get some of that stuff off our campus."

Jacobson and Schwab thought of the idea for a T-shirt exchange. Every student who hands in an Iowa or ISU shirt gets a UNI shirt in return.

The goal, they said, is to look more unified as a campus. Even Schwab, a former Hawkeye, thinks it's a great idea.

"I'm full-blood Panther now. I bleed purple, and everybody knows that," said Schwab.

Schwab admits they are still trying to figure out what to do with the pile of Iowa/ISU clothes.

"What we'd like to do with them (is what) we're not going to do, which would be burn them," Schwab said. "No, I think we talked about, there's some people that can make them into diapers for kids that don't have diapers. They'll send them overseas and do something like that."

Schwab says another idea for the Iowa and Iowa State shirts would be to send them to each other's schools.

The athletic department plans on doing the t-shirt exchange again in the next few weeks.

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