Didn't see this posted anywhere, but if I missed it I apologize.
Michigan yesterday released a "sneak peek" of the 2014 Football Season Tee via their twitter. IMO, not a terrible design, but the "player" in the middle looks a little lost.
Auburn senior forward Allen Payne on Under Armour:
I can say this now... We'll struggle as long as we are under Under Armour.— Lucky Lefty (@AllenPayne2_) March 13, 2014
Someone tried to fisk me on this several weeks ago (I think it was one of the dudes from 247Sports' Michigan site), but I hope we stay far away from Under Armour in our next apparel contract negotiations. Under Armour is at a competitive disadvantage in basketball. May not matter to Notre Dame because their basketball team sucks, but I don't want to see that at Michigan. Add in the speedskating controversy, and it has not been a good month for Under Armour.
The Portland Business Journal did a study of apparel contracts in major college programs, and to little surprise, our deal with Adidas is the most lucrative ($8.2 million per year between cash and equipment). There's a pretty good article that links to the three articles that came out of the study itself, as well as a searchable database of all of the contracts and related documents they managed to get from various schools. You can use the search box at the bottom to get the details of Michigan's contract.
- Michigan's contract with Adidas expires 7/31/16
- We already knew this, but if another school signs a contract with Adidas worth more money, Adidas agrees to automatically bump Michigan above it.
- It also includes a very interesting PDF copy of Brady Hoke's coaching contract. Check out the matrix of incentive bonuses, as well as the buyout clause at the end.
Overall, some interesting stuff here, if not an indictment of just how much money is floating around college athletics these days.
Maybe Adidas aint so bad?
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double edited because some people like the brightness and bad logos
The website Complex has published an article (with great pictures!) of the best shoes Michigan players have worn through history. It's an awesome look back on the days of Ricky Green all the way to today. I remember most of these shoes, but forgot how many different styles the Fab 5 wore...many wearing different styles at the same time.
Your #1 shoe:
1. Nike Air Flight Huarache
Who: Chris Webber
After 1992, college basketball was never the same. Five kids from Michigan got together and decided they were going to rock baggy shorts, play with some major swag, and take the game by storm. It was also the year Nike released one of its most unconventional sneakers of all time, the Air Flight Huarache. Tinker Hatfield designed a shoe unlike anything before, inspired by a Mayan sandal. The shoe was one of the first to be stripped of unnecessary materials for a lightweight masterpiece. The baddest shoes on the baddest squad.