further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
Notre Dame Switching to Under Armour
Includes this little bit at the end: "When Notre Dame signed the deal, it was the top priority for adidas, but things changed when adidas began providing shoes and apparel for the University of Michigan in 2008. The deal that gives the Wolverines $8.2 million in cash and equipment annually is the largest deal in all of college sports."
I'd take UA over adidas. But I am no Dave Brandon.
Would you take less money over more money?
Of course not. But I was just speaking as personal preference. I think UA has better quality clothes and equipment and is gaining more of the market every quarter.
God, if Haines offered $10million per year for our players to walk about in maize and blue skivvies, DB would at least have a sit down with them.
"Hey, which team are we on?"
this is quickly devolving into an AT&T commercial.
why wouldn't the contract come with a dinosaur that could transform into a robot and then chop the water like the karate ninja?
Who wouldn't want a dinosaur that transform into a ninja and karate chop the water?
I also want to start my new year revolution.
Which is better a big tree house or a small tree house?
Yes, that's why they should have stuck with Nike. Michigan was the poster child for Nike during the late 90's. You couldn't walk into a sports store around the country without seeing Michigan gear everywhere. That has not been the case with adidas and their marketing has been weak.
Michigan's status as "poster child" for Nike during the late 90's had more to do with Michigan than with Nike. Michigan was coming off the Fab Five era when they started with Nike in the mid-90's, before any of the scandal associated with that era was known. They were also (gasp!) winning football games and were still considered a powerhouse in the conference and nationally. While the basketball program appears to be back on track, football is, at best, a middle-of-the-pack conference team and has been for some time. How can any company market a program as top notch when the results plainly don't support that?
Moreover, during the Fab Five years we wore Russell Athletic uniforms. They sold better than any Nike version we wore later on.
Nike, Adidas . . . it's six of one and half a dozen of the other. It's the product on the field/court that makes a difference, not the brand of jersey they wear. If a team is successful, it will move merchandise.
Looking forward to chicken skin graphics with blood spatters.
I was going to say that this was the first time I was jealous of ND, but we just made one of the best hires of the offseason, so to hell with them.
Don't blame them. I am convinced that nothing truly great is going to happen in michigan sports until Adidas is gone. ND just got rid of one major obstacle to success. Adidas curse man.
Hasn't the basketball program gotten a lot better since the switch? Ellerbe and Amaker were when we were under Nike.
because we didn't win the Sugar Bowl and hoops didn't play for a 'ship wearing Adidas.
Bowl-sugar schmole, Adidas-schmididas. That is all.
It's all about the shoes?
it's GOTTA be the shoes, right?
Not sure I'm familiar with this "Notre Dame" of which you speak. Is that the team that had a clover on its helmet, or the one with the angry-drunk lepruchan on the helmet?
No no no, they're the ones that don't wear helmets at all, just golden Christmas ornaments with face masks attached.
Will Auburn still be the top school for UA?
It will remain the Temple Owls.
Isn't it Maryland? The founder is an alum if I'm not mistaken.
You are correct. Under Armour founder, Kevin Plank, is a 1996 graduate of the University of Maryland. He was also on the footbal team and was captain of the special teams for two years.
It probably helps that both of their logos are UA
is AU. GOLD, Jerry, GOLD.
Yeah I'm sure the old guard of their fanbase (average age 58) will be thrilled when they come out looking like Maryland next year. This is a team that only wears names on their jerseys once a year and now UA is gonna do some crazy stuff with their unis
What is this bizarre obsession with apparel deals? Talk about the ultimate who cares subject.
Our program hiccup coincidentally happened the same when we switched from Nike to Adidas, and MSU's upward hiccup also coincidentally occurred when the went to Nike.
No, MSU has been a Nike school for a lot longer than that. They wore Nike when they had Bobby Williams and JLS.
Also, I buy tons of shit and want it to look good.
What little is known thus far is over at ESPN (LINK):
"The University of Notre Dame will switch from wearing adidas for all its team sports to Under Armour when the current deal expires at the end of the school year, multiple sources told ESPN.com. Terms of the deal, which is expected to be signed in the very near future, are not known."
Supposedly, Kevin Plank - the CEO of Under Amrour - was going to be in South Bend today.
In other ND news, Davaris Daniels is going to be suspended for this semester, and is considering not returning. http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/10270226/davaris-daniels-notre-dame-fighting-irish-suspended-academic-issue
Edit: Well, now he's saying he fully expects to return in the summer, but an earlier report said he was going to explore his options.
That will hurt them!
suspended him for it? Last time I checked they booted their starting QB, their basketball team's leading scorer, and now their best receiver for cheating/not making grades. I'm no ND fan, but I don't see a lot of other schools doing that
I have no real rationale since it's all based on pure hatred.
I saw notre dame and automatically assumed something awesome was going to happen in our favor.
Why in the world would they mention Michigan in the press release? They sound like an insecure girl that breaks up with a guy because she thinks he will always love his ex more than her.
Because we are their biggest regional rival and they must compete with us in some form or fashion.
Because we are their biggest regional rival and they must compete with us in some form of fashion.
Fixed that for you
No, you really didn't.
Oh wait, you totally did!!
Purdue(well now axed), MSU were more important rivals than us.
"“We really need our apparel partner to embrace that concept and to treat us differently. It sounds selfish but it’s just about being a national brand. There’s one approach when you’re primarily a regional brand and a great regional brand, but we’re not. We’re a national brand and need a partner who can help fuel that.” - Notre Dame AD
This probably means that Michigan will go with Nike or Adi, with UA not being an option in 2016. Notre Dame wouldn't let Michigan one-up them again. The rivalry continues off the field...