Notre Dame and Michigan made headlines in recent years by ditching adidas and signing up with Under Armour and Nike, respectively. Well, Indiana is sticking by the triple-stripe and will be handsomely rewarded for doing so.
Indiana announced Monday that it is extending its agreement with adidas with a new eight-year deal worth $53.6 million. The amount adidas gives Indiana on an annual basis is almost doubled under the new agreement, jumping from $3.7 million to $6.7 million a year. The school said in its announcement that it is the fifth-largest known apparel deal of its kind.
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"We are thrilled to continue our longstanding relationship with adidas," Indiana athletics director Fred Glass said in the announcement. "Having one of the nation's largest equipment and apparel deals will have an enormous impact on IU, our teams, coaches, and student-athletes. IU athletics and adidas have enjoyed a tremendous history together, and we are excited to carry that tradition into the future."
As part of the deal, Indiana's 24 sports teams will have "a consistent look," and the football and men's basketball teams will have alternate uniforms on a yearly basis.
Indiana has been partnered with adidas since 2004. The new deal extends that partnership to 2024.
Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.
Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football.
"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.
"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.
"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline."
Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."
"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.
"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."
Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.
Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.
As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.
Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.
The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.