UT to drop adidas, get gear from Nike

(WBIR) Expect some brand new Big Orange gear to hit the stores next summer.

After more than fifteen years with adidas, the University of Tennessee has now made an agreement with Nike to provide the university's athletes with apparel and uniforms, footwear and additional equipment.

The adidas contract expires in June 2015, and that's when Nike will take over, and when fans can expect to see new Nike Vols' merchandise to be available for sale.

"We were very thorough and deliberate in assessing and evaluating our options with our apparel partner decision," said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics, Dave Hart. "Nike is the right partner for the University of Tennessee moving forward. We appreciate our current partner and the strong relationship we have had for many years. We will continue to work together through the end of the existing contract."

"NIKE is especially proud to resume our association with the University of Tennessee" said Kit Morris, NIKE Sports Marketing Director. "We admire their rich tradition and are enthusiastic to begin working once again with Volunteer student-athletes, coaches, and programs."

Tennessee has partnered with adidas since 1997 and will continue to work with the brand until the contract expires.

Volquest.com reports that Tennessee coaches have been in favor of switching to Nike for a while, because it is considered a recruiting tool. UT officials reportedly met with Nike executives when the football team played Oregon last fall.


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