UCLA is locked in a contract dispute with Under Armour over the massive $280 million endorsement deal the two sides have, and the school is negotiating a deal with another apparel company in the meantime.
Tracy Pierson of BruinReportLive.com reports that UCLA has been having “very promising” contract negotiations with the Jordan Brand. While few details are known, it is believed that the two sides are working on a two-year deal for Jordan Brand to supply apparel and gear to UCLA teams. It’s unclear if the endorsement deal would cover anything beyond that.
Under Armour informed UCLA back in June that it is terminating the $280 million apparel deal the two sides agreed to back in 2016. Under Armour sought to end the deal due to financial struggles and invoked a force majeure clause. They used UCLA canceling sports due to COVID-19 as their justification, saying the school was not living up to the deal by not giving them brand exposure.
UCLA recently filed a lawsuit against Under Armour alleging that the company lied about its financial picture when the 15-year endorsement deal was signed. UCLA is seeking $200 million, which is the approximate amount remaining on the original $280 million agreement.
As Pierson noted, Jordan Brand currently has apparel deals with eight other college athletic departments — North Carolina, Michigan, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgetown, Marquette, Houston and San Diego State. UCLA would be its first partner from the Pac-12.
“I think if you ask somebody the week of the game, the team they’re playing will have the most talent in the league. And then the next week, that team will have the most week … and that’s coach speak,” Smart said.
Smart returned the favor by saying Malzahn had the most talented team in the league.
Coach speak is like political correctness, but for the coaching world. It’s a way of handling the media and opponents to your team’s benefit. In other words, Smart does not believe Malzahn’s comment was genuine, but instead a tactic.
But there may have been some genuineness to Malzahn’s comment; Georgia has had top recruiting classes the last few years and is often one of the best teams in the country. Maybe Smart did not appreciate Malzahn adding to the pressure on Smart by suggesting Georgia is expected to win, while making his team appear to be an underdog.
Lane Kiffin was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders what feels like a lifetime ago, but Monday was the anniversary of one of his most puzzling decisions ever. Someone decided to troll Kiffin over that, and he took it in stride.
On Sept. 28, 2008, Kiffin sent former Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski out onto the field to attempt a 76-yard field goal just before halftime. It came up woefully short, as expected. As the Twitter account for Funhouse pointed out, Kiffin was fired two days later. Kiffin had a great response to the tweet.
Kiffin went 4-12 in his first season with the Raiders and was 1-3 at the time he was fired during his second. Allowing Janikowski to attempt an impossible field goal probably didn’t play a huge role in his firing, but it certainly didn’t help.
Does he care? Probably not. Kiffin landed on his feet and has held several high-profile head coaching jobs since he left Oakland. He’s now the head coach at Ole Miss, which is another great gig.
Mike Leach is one of the best quotes in college football, and that certain hasn’t changed at Mississippi State.
Leach devoted a portion of his Monday press conference to the cardboard cutouts that many sports teams have placed in seats in place of fans. He had some questions about their seating arrangements, too.
Mike Leach: "I haven't quite gotten the hang of the cut-out people in the stands … That's an episode of Twilight Zone."
Mike Leach: "Do the fake people have a lottery to figure out where they sit? Some of those fake people have way better seats than other ones. … Even in these funny times, even a fake person can get screwed."
If you’re looking for a college football team to bandwagon this fall, Mike Leach has you covered.
Fresh off Mississippi State’s upset victory over LSU, the school is taking full advantage of the publicity with a video that’s clearly meant to go viral. And it just might, because the sight of Leach on a little wagon is well worth your time.
NC State safety Khalid Martin left Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech in an ambulance following a frightening collision with a teammate, but fortunately the redshirt freshman appears to be doing well.
Martin laid motionless on the field after a helmet-to-helmet collision with a teammate in the third quarter. He was immobilized on the field and taken to a local hospital. On Sunday morning, NC State announced that Martin was kept overnight but has been released.
Great news this Sunday morning: Khalid Martin is being discharged from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital w/ no ‘radiographic abnormalities’ and heading back to Raleigh.
Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman was feeling understandably confident after his team took a 56-41 lead over Texas with just over three minutes remaining on Saturday. Unfortunately, the way he expressed that confidence wound up making him look bad.
Bowman flashed the “Horns Down” hand gesture after Texas Tech scored what looked like the game-sealing touchdown. The Longhorns then proceeded to score a touchdown, recover an onside kick, score another touchdown and add a 2-point conversion. Texas won in the first overtime.
South Carolina lost its opener 31-27 against Tennessee on Saturday, and a botched punt return did not help their cause.
The Gamecocks kicked a field goal with 3:16 left to make it a four-point game. They got a stop on defense and forced a punt with 1:29 left. South Carolina should have been in position to try to win the game, but the punt hit Cam Smith’s leg and Tennessee recovered the ball.
The Vols were able to kneel out the clock and secure the 31-27 road win.
That was some bad luck for South Carolina at the end of the game. The game was close and saw never more than a 7-point difference between the sides. South Carolina could use some work on special teams, as their punter only averaged 35.2 yards per punt.
Though the video was released on Twitter Saturday, it is old and was recorded nearly two years ago. South Carolina says the video was never intended to be released to the public.
The video circulating of Will Muschamp colorfully encouraging Gamecocks fans to get out of their seats is real but it was shot nearly two years ago. The video was never intended to be released to the public, according to USC. @wachfox
The Texas Longhorns have many reasons to be proud on Saturday.
Texas came back to beat Texas Tech in overtime 63-56 in a stunning comeback. The Longhorns were down 56-41 with 3:13 left. They scored a touchdown, recovered an onside kick, then scored again and added a 2-point conversion to tie the game. They won in the first overtime with a touchdown and stop.
Conversely, their rival, Oklahoma, blew a 21-point lead and lost at home to Kansas State 38-35. Texas director of recruiting Bryant Carrington took the occasion to celebrate his team’s victory and OU’s defeat.
Carrington’s job is to pump up his program and to win recruiting battles against Oklahoma. A tweet like that can help him accomplish his goal. But that doesn’t happen first without a big Texas comeback win.