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Under Armour and Notre Dame sign 10-year partnership

Jan 21, 2014, 12:08 PM EST

Jack Swarbrick,Kevin Plank AP

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank formally announced a 10-year partnership. Under Armour will become the exclusive performance footwear and apparel supplier for the Fighting Irish, in a record-setting deal, as the school’s Adidas contract expires.

While the financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, Swarbrick confidently stated that by any measurement the deal is the largest in college sports, with Notre Dame receiving more cash and merchandise than any other university. Notre Dame also has the opportunity to take a portion of the cash payment in stock, allowing it to invest in its partner. (Under Armour is trading up around three percent today, hovering around the $85 range on the New York Stock Exchange.)

All 26 Notre Dame teams will begin wearing Under Armour next season, with the football team taking the field next fall wearing new apparel and footwear. For Plank, who grew up a Notre Dame fan and spent the night sleeping in the visitor’s locker room when Georgia Tech, Under Armour’s first apparel partner, re-opened Notre Dame Stadium in 1997, the new deal sounds like a crowing partnership for the Baltimore-based company.

“Notre Dame is the standard-bearer of excellence in collegiate athletics and is one of the most recognizable and admired universities in the world,” Plank said in a joint statement released. “It’s an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to dedicate our passion and innovation for making athletes better into this game-changing partnership.  We look forward to collaborating with the university’s administration, athletic department, student-athletes, alumni and its powerful fan base to uphold the Fighting Irish’s championship pedigree.”

Swarbrick explained a little bit of the rationale that went into choosing a new partner. Quoting Ferris Bueller, Swarbrick cited the rapid changes in collegiate athletics, changes he expects to happen well into the future. While the recent past saw Swarbrick navigate the Irish into the College Football Playoff era and bring the rest of Notre Dame’s teams into the ACC, he believes the next 10 years will be dedicated to science, nutrition, technology and keeping a competitive edge. After watching Under Armour’s rocket ride the past decade, Swarbrick felt confident that the company was the most capable of adapting and providing during the next ten years.

“We are thrilled to announce this partnership with Under Armour. It is a partnership that will benefit our student-athletes in a number of ways,” Swarbrick said in a statement. “The most obvious of those relates to quality and quantity of the world-class footwear, apparel and equipment Notre Dame will be able to provide to its student-athletes. And in as much as this represents the largest financial commitment ever made by a brand to a university, it will provide the critical resources we need to enable our student-athletes to compete at the highest levels.

“But perhaps what makes me most excited is the overall level of commitment and partnership as
reflected in what may be the most wide-ranging overall relationship anywhere in college athletics. That is demonstrated in both the term of the agreement and the unique feature that makes Notre Dame a shareholder in Under Armour. It is reflected in a shared desire to collaborate in areas such as sport technology, product development, and athlete performance.

“Our coaches and student-athletes look forward not only to using Under Armour’s standard-setting performance footwear, uniforms, practice gear, and equipment—but also to working side by side with Under Armour to help make those products even better.”

While Swarbrick focused mostly on the commitment and resources that Under Armour would provide Notre Dame, he and Plank also shed a bit of light on what the future would look like. Put simply? More of the same. While previously rumored, there will be no signage added to Notre Dame Stadium. And don’t expect many changes to Notre Dame’s traditional uniforms, though it appears the company has already done a better job of matching the team’s gold to the color.

“We will control the look and feel of our uniforms,” Swarbrick stated simply.

“We’re looking for clean, bold and consistent looks,” Plank said.

The partnership between Notre Dame and Under Armour begins in July.

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  1. don74 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Swarbrick is doing a great job as AD. He is an agent for change at ND and has negotiated rough seas very well. This deal, taking stock from UA, is pretty amazing.

    All that’s left is making the CFB playoffs…………………………………

  2. kansasirish - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    I was hoping for an update on the field turf and video boards……hopefully soon!

  3. fw190wuerger - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    This is very disappointing news. I worry about how sharp the Notre Dame teams will look in the future. Especially the “minor” sports.

    As an athlete at ND, I was very pleased with the shoes and apparel adidas provided. Everything fit so well. And it looked great — very classy. Especially in National Championship photos! (Yes, not a typo, adidas begins its spelling with a small “a.”)

    We often got compliments from other teams and fans about how sharp we looked. (I still wear two of the team warmups and get great compliments, the apparel does not look dated at all.)

    And adidas supports Notre Dame’s guidelines on the humane and just wage manufacturing of apparel when so may other firms cut corners and look the other way.

    On a personal note, after major back surgery, we found that adidas shoes were perfect during the recovery phase. After recovery, I kept wearing adidas shoes and they have done a marvelous job keeping me off the operating table again. I wear them not only while competing, I wear them around the home and office all the time.

    My loyalty even extends to their apparel which I find comfortable, again whether competing or in the office or around the house. And adidas glasses, manufactured by the excellent Austrian eyeglass company Silhouette, are top notch. I never had anyone compliment my eyewear until I started wearing theirs.

    So, I hope ND does well with a new manufacturer, but I have my doubts. Will the athletes on all 26 teams look as well outfitted as before? Will they receive the wide variety of apparel that adidas provided, e.g., sweaters and the like. And will the 26 teams continue to receive the excellent non-apparel accessories, e.g., bags, backpacks, etc.? We’ll see.

    • rdw71 - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      While the adidas relationship has been good in recent years, you may have forgotten the early years. Eric Hansen reminded us of the debacle the men’s basketball team had when ND first joined up with adidas, so bad that the team’s MVP missed at least one game and then wore Nike shoes the rest of the season with the swoosh covered up.

      • fw190wuerger - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        Interesting — I’d like to hear more about this story. Can you please point me to where I might find it. Especially curious if there was a basketball shoe problem, for in some sports one can make the case that adidas makes the best shoes.

      • rdw71 - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        The player was Pat Garrity, but Hansen said that many other players had problems too related to the adidas shoes during that first season, some of whom also missed games because of foot pain and shin splints. It was 17 years ago so I don’t know that there’s anything retrievable on the internet, but he was speaking on WSBT’s sports radio show today so that may be available for download – it was between the 5:00 and 5:30 time frame that he made the comments. There’s a good chance he will put something in a South Bend Tribune article at some point, I would think.

        When he mentioned it, I recalled hearing about it at the time, so I think it’s legit.

        With Swarbrick’s track record, I feel very confident that he made sure that your concerns about the other 25 ND teams will not be an issue – they will get the apparel and the accessories as much or more than before. Whether they will perform as well is the key question and you’ve got to like Under Armour’s trajectory in terms of cutting-edge performance gear.

      • irishpuma - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:50 AM

        rdw agree completely. The 88-90 addidas turfs for football did the same thing. FW I think you are personally biased which is fine everyone has their favorites but adidas has great styling but has always been a middle of the run shoe. Hands down Nike has the best shoes and market share shows this as well as the tech spending and endorsements numbers. That said UA has dominated clothing over the last decade.

        Its the American way they saw Nike Dri Fit and copied it and made it better. Ask any athlete their heat gear, cold gear, wicking tech is the best on the market. Adidas Climalite is terrible and one step above Russell, Nike’s is still good but not UA. On top of that I hope the players get the $20 underwear, once you wear a pair you can’t go back to anything else. I wear them for working out but also under suits etc and my boys stay dry and chafe free.

        The only question I wonder about is the shoes. I have worn one pair of their cleats and was not blown away and I they don’t seem to be too high tech but we shall see. As far as changing ND’s look forget about it. Captain Jack is not messing with that and the UA CEO is a ND fan, and they are buying the brand, they don’t want to change it or cheapen it. On top of that ND now will own a piece of UA. As the press release says more sports, more free gear to athletes than any other deal, more money to the university, stock ownership. I think it is a great deal. Personally I would have preferred Nike, and before the lefties come out in force due some research they have cleaned up a lot of their supply chain issues and labor exploitation.

        Memo to board I confirmed this deal two months ago…..but so did a few others =)

      • fw190wuerger - Jan 22, 2014 at 2:04 AM

        Thanks, rdw71! I appreciate your informative response on the basketball shoe problem. First I have ever heard of it.

    • whiskeystraight - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      I didn’t realize that college sports were fashion contests. Who cares how “sharp” the uniforms look. And do you honestly think the UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME is going to let UA come in and botch the unis? This is about three things: $$$, performance, and recruiting. Under Armour is performance based apparel. They are the best marketer with the best product, period. They make products for all weather conditions.

      UA is the “sexy” name in apparel, more so than Nike, adidas, Reebok, and Champion. The uniforms won’t change, but the warm-ups and other gear will be more appealing to this generation of athlete who likes loud gear.

      • fw190wuerger - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        Whiskey, don’t know who said college sports they were fashion contests, but I do know from personal experience that they make a difference in two respects.

        1.) Especially in minor sports, I have seen ND teams come out to compete against opponents looking very sharp and the opponents looking ragged. It does provide a mental edge. Some of the opponents will feel they have no chance against members of team that look ready to compete.

        2.) I’ve heard high school athletes talk about how cool ND teams look. Wouldn’t be surprised if that hasn’t swayed a few athletes to come to ND.

        I wonder if the “sexy” notion varies by sports. Maybe UA is preferred in football, or basketball, but not sure it is the case in some of the “minor” sports. Would love to hear what posters in other sports think.

      • mediocrebob - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        Kids aren’t going to Oregon for the beautiful weather. I’d venture to say that the affiliation with Nike helps them out a little bit.

      • irishpuma - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:01 AM

        FW come on you say you were an athlete so you know you have to look good to play good but part of that look means being comfortable, supported, and knowing your gear is the most advanced on the market. That leaves simply UA and Nike…..small or big sport…..thats it. Possibly Adidas if you are a soccer player but even then Nike is cooler, lighter, faster. Even though i am over the hill I still compete in numerous sports and what can I say I am a slave to tech as I can no longer just ” show and go” so I need every advantage possible lol. On the adidas side of the house I have worn the climalite, adiprine, ad0 shoes, the adidas shoes with the ridges they were all fair but nothing special. Nike dri fit solid, compression gear not that great, shoes phenomenal from air max, to diamond elite to air maxk diamond elite, light, cushioned built in liners help reduce ankle sprains etc. UA best fabric, material, clothes hands down. Our Irish will be cool in the most heated conditions and toasty warm in the coldest weather. Nothing on the market today touches UA’s cold gear. They will have the best base layers, jocks and underwear in creation today. The UA logo is just cool and to my point the Athletes are going to feel comfortable in any condition which will go toward performance.

        And again with the exception of NIke there is nothing cooler so they will feel fine about their outfits and gear. I think you have been watching too much of the UA high school game or Maryland’s terrible uni’s. Everything is going to be fine unless we go to UA neon Green and Hyper yellow vegas gold and they put the UA symbol on the dome.

    • blackirish23 - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      I don’t get the disappointment. As any student athlete at Notre Dame knows, times change, and Swarbrick is looking way ahead.

      When I started at Notre Dame, it was a mixture of various apparel companies between Champion and Reebok (take a look at this image: http://i.usatoday.net/communitymanager/_photos/game-on/2010/10/15/1ablog-holtzloux-large.jpg).

      I was a huge fan then, and I remained a huge fan when adidas got the contract with Notre Dame. There were a few blunders along the way, mainly with trying too hard to come up with “cool” looks for a few teams such as mens basketball, but the overall relationship was a huge success. Not to mention things never seem to go out of style with adidas because retro is always cool.

      Now here comes Under Armour and I believe the relationship will do just fine. Notre Dame has had a way of retaining final decision making abilities when it comes to what student athletes wear, and it’s always been in good taste.

      I can appreciate your level of loyalty with regard to past medical issues but Under Armour puts just as much research into their products if not more, and it’s definitely the apparel of choice for the NFL, so kudos to Swarbrick for being a visionary and not being burdened by the tradition and conservative past of Notre Dame.

      Go Irish!!

    • jmset3 - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      FW, at first I thought you were just coming here to troll. But after reading your comments, you definitely seem genuine in how you feel about adidas. With your experience with adidas while at ND, that makes perfect sense.

      A couple things that I think are really important to notice about this partnership. First, Under Armour will make sure that every team, even the lesser known Olympic sports teams, will be decked out with every piece of apparel the NCAA will allow. Second, with regards to the design of the uniforms and apparel, that is very much in control of Notre Dame. Any team apparel design or redesign will be done hand in hand with ND giving the final approval.

      Finally, I think it’s really important to note that this is truly a partnership between and athletic equipment/apparel company and a university, as evidenced by the stock options. That tells me that the smaller Olympic sports teams will have MORE importance. I feel this way because it will allow ND athletes and coaches to have an intimate relationship with a company that will be researching and creating new equipment that UA wants to market to the rest of the world. ND athletes will be on the ground floor providing input.

      Here is an example of the type of relationship I think is possible now for the smaller lesser teams at ND: http://www.npr.org/2014/01/16/263063477/will-team-usas-high-tech-speedskating-suit-pay-off-in-gold

      I think this partnership is one of the better things to happen to ND in recent years, and you will see the benefits starting as soon as this year.

  4. mtflsmitty - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    I’ve never been a big fan of the upstart Under Armour brand. I’m more of a traditionalist, so I was drawn to the Adidas brand. But something tells me 44 yo married men with a pop-belly are not the critical demographic for sports apparel success. Hell, for that matter, UA shareholders are probably thrilled about my loyalty to Adidas.

    Under Armour is a marketing juggernaut who, as someone pointed out on this board a couple days ago, should be able to do great things combining all things ND to the Under Armour tagline: We Must Protect This House!

    • jmset3 - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Wouldn’t a traditionalist prefer Champion?

  5. dudeacow - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    I’m really not excited for this. I don’t have any reason for that feeling, but I can just sense that ten years from now we’ll all be happy to be leaving UA.

  6. fw190wuerger - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Two sets of uniforms have made me very nervous about ND’s future attire — Maryland’s and Northwestern’s.

    Many times the word “clown” and its variants, e.g., “clownish,” were applied to commentaries on the Maryland look.

    • mbannon92 - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:02 AM

      You wanna talk about clown looks?

      Shamrock Series 2012:

      Men’s Basketball in last year’s tourney:

      Case and point.

    • irishpuma - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      How about G tech and Auburn? Completely traditional. The University makes the uniform call get a grip. This is ND, and our brand is fully controlled in house and micro managed. I am glad the athletes will be getting the best performance apparel on the market and I hope the shoes hold up.

  7. mediocrebob - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Never really had an opinion with Adidas until the basketball uniforms last year/this year. Those are terrible. I’m also not a fan of them going back to the darker , yellow pants. I know they wore those back in the day, but the Vegas gold looks better IMO.

    I’d like to say that UA won’t be allowed to do anything too wacky, but the university didn’t have a problem with Adidas going overboard. You can say it’s what the kids like these days, but ugly is ugly no matter how old or young you are.

    • mediocrebob - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      That being said, I don’t care who’s logo is on their uniforms, or how much it benefits the university financially. Just win, please.

  8. fnc111 - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Hopefully they change up the design a few games per season like Oregon/Baylor.

  9. fnc111 - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Swarbrick a good AD? I guess you don’t follow men’s college basketball with a statement like that.

    • dbldmr - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      How about men’s and women’s soccer? Women’s basketball? Hockey? Those seem to be pretty healthy sports.

      Mediocrity in men’s basketball has a long tradition at ND. ND doesn’t really recruit the cream of the crop, the kids who are looking for one year in college and then the NBA. I don’t think changing the athletic director is likely to change that.

      Kelly, Swarbrick…is there anybody at Notre Dame that you think IS doing a good job?

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      I’m sure that your brain has a reason why Swarbrick is creating the downfall of ND basketball. Please explain?

      Are you calling for the firing of Mike Brey now too?

    • andy44teg - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Good gawd, man…are you 13 years old or what? ND has ALWAYS been middle of the pack in men’s college b-ball.

    • papadec - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      I must be into a batch of bad heart meds – I could swear ND beat DUKE in their first game as ACC opponents this season????????? Gettin’ old is a bummer. My memory has gone to hell.

  10. nicenirish - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    I think this is all positive for the University. I know Maryland had some wacky uniforms, but they were using the State flag on their helmets. And let’s face it. Adidas did have some questionable calls for ND. Look at last years Shamrock series.

    Fact of the matter is. Aside from Auburn this to my knowledge is the biggest school to use UA. And recruits like it. I know its shallow, but UA gear is far more popular than Adidas. I am excited that the CEO is an admitted ND fan. And everything Swarbrick and UA CEO Kevin Plank have said is the traditional look is important. So as long as they understand that, i don’t think we have anything to worry about.

    • irishpuma - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:07 AM

      Nice and Irish way to protect our house!! Could not agree more. UA is state of the art performance in its clothing, and the kids love it and thats who are playing the games. UA CEO is supposedly huge ND fan and slept in the locker room, I love it. Plus we are in business together, ND gets big money, more great gear than ever and ownership in UA not a bad deal.

      I still miss the swoosh though.

      PS adidas maybe you should not have singed the skunk bears to a bigger deal than ND and you might still have the crown jewel of college sports.

  11. italianirish - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    #wemustprotectthishousethatrocknebuilt

  12. goirishgo - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    For those of you who think FNC111’s comments on this site are ridiculous, go to the “pro basketball talk” site and check out what he has to add to the cute story about Michelle Obama dunking on LeBron James. Scary.

    • dillonbigred - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Those comments speak volumes. But I must be a pinko liberal because I am not offended by “colored” people. Don’t speak poorly of fnc though, I’m sure he would say he isn’t a bigot because he has many negro friends.

      • papadec - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        Awwwwwwwww c’mon guys – cut our court jester/village idiot (fnc) some slack.

  13. hotlantalaw - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    ND – take the cash in stock

    • whiskeystraight - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. By the time this deal is done UA will rival Nike for the most revenue in sports apparel. I love their products. Used to live in the Midwest and their cold gear worked great; now I live in Phoenix and love the heat gear.

      • fw190wuerger - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        Interesting, and bold prediction. UA has now made it over the $2 billion hurdle. But there are lots of sports apparel companies to leapfrog before they get to the rarefied air of $18 billion and up like adidas and Nike.

      • irishpuma - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:09 AM

        Well FW aka Adidas lover, maybe if Adidas’ market share was so huge they could have afforded to pay us a better deal to win the contract. They seemed to have no problem paying Michigan, and I think that was that. You want skunk bear U, you got them.

      • fw190wuerger - Jan 22, 2014 at 2:54 AM

        Irishpuma — I appreciate your responses — you are really into sports apparel, and clearly know more about UA than I do. Maybe I will have to try some of their apparel even though I am still very comfortable competing in Climacool and other adidas gear.

        Time to wrap up my “contribution” to this thread with a few quick thoughts.

        Yes, I proudly support adidas. We won an NC, and I think much of it was due to the adidas shoes. I think they are still the best in our sport, with Nike a very close second, Asics and a new British entry are third and fourth and coming on strong. And as you probably saw in an earlier post, the surgeon and rehab docs think the adidas shoes not only played a major role in preventing future back pain, but are instrumental in allowing me to even now still compete nationally.

        As adidas is #2 in sports apparel (Nike is #1), I agree that they could have, and should have, offered a better contract. That being said, I also know their focus is on the 2014 World Cup (and after a huge jump in sales of running shoes in 2013, they will continue pursuing Nike in that). They will sell over $2 billion euros worth of soccer apparel in 2014 breaking new records. Their FIFA partnership runs to 2030, and like UA, their stock is hitting new highs (I think I saw it was now at 92 euros or so). So yes, they should NOT have lost ND, even though the Euro Cup, World Cup, and the Olympics drive their sales.

        As long as Jack can keep a tight reign on UA and their ND apparel, I will be happy, and add some UA items to my ND collection. If not, well, I probably have enough ND adidas apparel to outfit everyone in Morrissey so it will last me a while. And I know I can still keep acquiring the apparel they make for my beloved Mannschaft (the German national soccer team). Still waiting for our away kit for the 2014 World Cup!!

  14. mayesdays - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    This is a genius move by ND. Under Armour is the present and future of athletic wear. Under Armour has been ahead of the game for awhile and Addidas tried to catch up with its Climatelite stuff but it’s no comparison. UA even has their hands In Hunting gear and I think highly of all of it.

    Under Armour isn’t going to change ND’s uniforms drastically. The CEO was quoted saying less is more. If anyone is worried look at Auburn’s uniforms. Maybe you have to be from a certain generation to understand that Under Armour is the real deal. Some may laugh at this, but it actually may help with recruiting. Nowadays, little things like this do help get someone’s attention.

  15. 1notredamefan - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Is that a joke? Obama as our president of the United States of America actually and our President had the humility to say “a lot of people don’t want to see a black President…” The fact that you are writing this under a UND blog quietly infuriates me! You are the issue!! A piece of the heart of the issue!! Grow up! Move on and try to walk in another’s shoes just once in your life!!! Racism is just like alcoholism… disease!!!

    • andy44teg - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      1notredamefan:
      fnc111 wrote that on the pro basketball talk site…I was simply copying and pasting a direct quote. Take a chill pill buddy.

    • 1notredamefan - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      OO my bad… chill pills are way too expensive around here… I shoulda signed up for that…., On the other hand, save face! Ya shoulda stated the obvious if that were the issue

    • andy44teg - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      well since goirishgo talked about it about 7 or so comments up I just thought it would’ve gone w/out saying that’s what I was referring to…

  16. papadec - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    I think he feels threatened by ph53 & is doubling down his efforts to make stupid comments.

    • 1notredamefan - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      kiss a s… if I’ve ever met 1

  17. cpfirish - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    So what about field turf? Notre dame has all this money, but can’t seem to figure out the playing surface in the stadium? What’s going on here? Does anybody know?

  18. J Gran - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Couple thoughts to consider here….

    1. Injuries- After suffering my own injury in Adidas, and then seeing a string of leg, achilles, ankle injuries to ND, Michigan, and Derek Rose, I wonder is Jack’s not on to something about the development of science. I’m not saying Adidas is the only shoe company that people get injuries in (see Kobe/Nike) but it was odd the stretch of injuries to the knee and foot that ND and Michigan sustained in the last few years not to mention back to back knee injuries to Rose.

    2. Sex Appeal- Lets face it, majority of us only care about ND Football and occasionally ND Women’s BB in the final four. That said, walk the halls of a HS, like the one I work in, and look around… It’s a Nike shoe world, and a UA/Nike apparel world. Adidas has limited appeal to kids. It’s just reality. Kobe, Lebron, Oregon, Durant, the NFL, Nike Nike NIke NIke Nike. Adidas is where… the soccer field. That’s right… Europe’s game. HS kids in America and especially football recruits (which is who I believe this will impact most) are drawn to UA/Nike not Adidas.

    3. MONEY- $90 mil is a lot of change and a lot of business and science to throw at a school. Looking forward to seeing how this benefits us.

    4. UA All American Game- Wonder if this will give us any specialized exposer at the UA game. Nike is trying to combat the success of the UA game with The Opening, but the UA game is the hot prospect game now. Hopefully there’ll be a few extra ND signs (and signings) at the next game.

  19. timpaz - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Another case of a major university for sale to the highest bidder, let the kids go pro after high school and let’s get back to academics at our colleges

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