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Irish AD Jack Swarbrick, left, and Kevin Plank, CEO and founder of Under Armour, announced Tuesday that Under Armour will outfit the university’s athletic teams.
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Irish, Under Armour reach apparel deal

Notre Dame will have a new company outfitting its athletes.

Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick announced at a Tuesday news conference that the university will switch to Under Armour as its apparel supplier for all 26 of the school’s teams.

“By any measure, it is the largest deal of its kind in the history of collegiate athletics,” Swarbrick said.

Swarbrick declined to disclose the exact financial terms of the 10-year deal with Under Armour that begins July 1 and includes an option for the university to accept company stock as a portion of its payment.

ESPN reported that, according to sources, the deal is worth about $90 million.

“We’re looking for clean, bold and consistent look,” said Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, who also said the company will not make radical changes to the Irish’s football uniforms.

Notre Dame’s apparel had been supplied by Adidas since 1997, but a 10-year extension between the school and German company ends after this school year.

Swarbrick said he expects the deal with Under Armour to allow Notre Dame to help develop future technology to enhance performance.

“We want Notre Dame, our coaches, our student-athletes to be an Under Armour laboratory, a proving ground for new technology,” Swarbrick said.

Indiana football makes changes to coaching staff

Indiana’s football team will have a new offensive coordinator next season.

Coach Kevin Wilson released a statement on the school’s athletic website Tuesday acknowledging that offensive coordinator Seth Littrell has left the Hoosiers. Littrell will take over as offensive coordinator at North Carolina, according to Scout.com.

Wilson promoted quarterbacks and wide receivers coach Kevin Johns to offensive coordinator, and assistant defensive line coach James Patton has moved to tight ends and fullbacks coach.

Earlier Tuesday, Wilson announced the hiring of former IU player and Bowling Green assistant coach Larry McDaniel as the Hoosiers’ defensive line coach.

“With the way our staff is structured, we will maintain five coaches on defense and four on offense,” Wilson said in a release. “I will continue to be a major part of our offensive game planning and play calling. Kevin Johns will assume the responsibilities of offensive coordinator and James Patton, who I have a long history with on the offensive side of the ball, will coach the tight ends and fullbacks.

“We are comfortable with our staff heading into National Signing Day.”

IU was second in the Big Ten in scoring offense (38.4 points a game) and total offense (508.5 yards a game) last season.

McDaniel spent the last three years as the defensive line coach at Bowling Green. The Falcons recorded 30 sacks and held opponents to 150.6 rushing yards last season.

tkrausz@jg.net

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