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July 14, 2008 12:38 PM

New equipment deal coming?

Posted by Bob Condotta

Rumors are making the rounds that the Huskies are thinking of ditching Nike as their equipment supplier and going with another company, either Under Armour or adidas. One rumor has it that UW has already set its sights on Under Armour and that Nike is phasing out its selling of Husky merchandise.

Officially, however, nothing has yet happened and won't for a little while.

To clarify the situation, UW has had a contract with Nike since 1997, renewing it in 2001 and 2004. Under the current deal, UW gets roughly $1.1 million in product and about $210,000 in cash every year from Nike (that doesn't cover the entire budget for such items, and some UW teams also have separate deals with other companies to cover some specific apparel/equipment they need).

The deal between UW and Nike runs out July 1, 2009 and UW has already begun sending out "requests for proposals'' for companies to submit bids. The department will decide later this year which one to accept.

Some UW fans think the Huskies should align with someone other than Nike, which is headed by well-known Oregon Duck booster and alum Phil Knight.

Scott Woodward, UW's acting athletic director, said last week that would have "very little factor, if any'' in Washington's decision. "Whichever one provides the best value to the student-athlete will be the winner,'' Woodward said.

It's likely that any significant changes to logos and other such items won't happen until after the Huskies have signed a new contract.

Nike has already lost one major school this year when Michigan recently announced it had signed a new deal with Adidas. Michigan unveiled new gameday jerseys today that are a product of that new association.

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Posted by TurbineSeaplane

1:07 PM, Jul 14, 2008


Please ditch the Ducks...umm, I mean Nike.

Let's get back to actual GOLD pants and remove the weasel logo please.

Posted by camano

1:13 PM, Jul 14, 2008

The new Michigan jersys have piping on their home whites - but at least they still have the block numbers.

Block numbers - no piping!

Posted by Tamarick

1:17 PM, Jul 14, 2008

I would absolutely love UW to hitch up with Adidas. The 3 coolest college unforms last year were Tennesee, UCLA, and Nebraska all of whom are Adidas.

Adidas unforms are by and large more progressive and creative. In contrast, Nike unis are loud and crass IMO and take away from the team's tradition.

I know this first hand because my beloved Arsenal has gone with Nike and the unis are just the pits. Liverpool, Chelsea, AC Milan, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Ajax have far cooler jerseys IMO. The Nike soccer jerseys may appeal to some juveniles but most soccer types prefer Adidas by a large margin.

Its great to see increasing Adidas visbility in the NCAA.

Posted by Bob Marley

1:25 PM, Jul 14, 2008

YES!! better not get our hopes too high though...i'll believe it when I see it.

Any idea where the rumors came from Bob?

Posted by swoosh

1:30 PM, Jul 14, 2008

no one leaves the family.....

there will be a price paid.....aug thirty

Posted by Gabe

1:46 PM, Jul 14, 2008

I'm with the Seaplane. Let's go totally retro. The team might then perform up to that high standard on the field. Along the same lines, why don't we start using plain English again and calling players players instead of student-athletes. I suppose this turgid term serves some purpose for the athletic department, but it starts sounding like so much politically-correct gobbleydegook. It's really irritating to listen to TW say it 10 times in 10 seconds as if it were a religious mantra. Those guys in the old uniforms were called players, and that should be good enough today. Troy Must Be Destroyed (ducks demolished)

Posted by Indiana Husky

1:46 PM, Jul 14, 2008

I don't know why everyone hates the dawg logo right now. I like having different uniforms represent different eras in husky football. I like seeing the team wear throwback jerseys, which wouldn't happen if we kept the same uniforms all of the time.

The UW's tradition of winning is extremely important to me, but not its tradition of uniforms. Of course, I would also hate to see UW have crazy unis like Oregon.

That being said, I would have a hard time with new helmets.


Posted by huskiesjv

1:47 PM, Jul 14, 2008

I wouldn't mind Under Armour or Adidas. Which ever one of them brings back the true PURPLE and GOLD will get my vote. Oh and whoever gets rid of the weasel logo NIKE gave us. Get out of NIKE and funding Oregon football.

Posted by Mosesdawg

2:09 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Let's ditch the ferret logo while we're at it.

Posted by uw dude

2:25 PM, Jul 14, 2008

this is the best news of the offseason. i could give a crap about the nike ties to oregon, i just think nike puts out the worst looking uni's across the board. get rid of nike, please!

Posted by merseybeat

2:36 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Seaplane has my vote

block letters gold pants and weisel be gone
dont touch the helmet

if UW beats SC do they stay with the throw back jersey?

Posted by Husky in P-Town

2:41 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Great news!

Woodward should come out and say it though. A dollar spent on Nike is a dollar donated to the Oregon Ducks athletic department. Phil knight is so clearly and unabashedly aligned with Oregon's athletic department it makes me sick. Living in Portland I have to read about it every day. He got the Hayward field he's always wanted, he's going to get the basketball arena he always dreamed of (without actually spending an money as he somehow weaseled the Oregon taxpayers into footing that bill). All major college programs should take a good look at where they are spending their money and not support a company that so clearly cares, above all others, about the University of Oregon.

Ditch Nike!

Posted by scott

2:42 PM, Jul 14, 2008

This may be the best news we get from montlake all year.

Posted by TurbineSeaplane

3:01 PM, Jul 14, 2008

According to the Colin Cowherd show...

The Las Vegas Sports Consultants released their over/under lines for the CFB season and they have UW pegged at 5.5 wins, with 7-8 wins very possible if we go 1-2 or 2-1 in the 1st 3 weeks.

I only mention it because these guys are scary accurate each year in this particular area.

Posted by Seattle Dave

3:02 PM, Jul 14, 2008

great news

We Must Protect This House!

Posted by CeeRyan

3:06 PM, Jul 14, 2008

We should go with Under Armour for football and keep Nike for basketball (minus the weasel). Let Under Armour give us a more old school football jersey, like they do for Auburn. I don't mind our Nike basketball uniforms.

Posted by TurbineSeaplane

3:07 PM, Jul 14, 2008

oops, I meant 4.5 games

Posted by merseybeat

3:20 PM, Jul 14, 2008

off topic but regarding ?no commits?
UWs needs are OL and S/CB
this team is scary young
but TW better win

Posted by Gabe

3:35 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Let's hope what happens in Las Vegas stays there, and the bookies are wrong about the 4.5 wins. Someone is going to make a lot of money betting against the line when the Huskies stun the nation by upsetting the quackers at Autzen in six short weeks. Whoever is replacing Dixon just won't be able to replace enough of him to mount the offensive onslaught we saw last year. Troy Must Be Destroyed (desultory ducks demolished)

Posted by Ducks 63-10

3:49 PM, Jul 14, 2008

As a Duck, I am certainly hoping that the Dawgs choose someone other than Nike. It would be such a recruiting advantage, as if we do not have one already. Second class uniforms, locker rooms, stadium, etc. Then the recruit comes to Oregon and sees a big screen tv next to his locker, state of the art video, equipment, uniforms, etc. He watches Game Day replays with Chris Fowler and Lee Corso outside of Autzen. Well, you get the point. Playing for the Ducks is a lot more exciting than wondering if your coach will be around next year. How many recruits have you guys lined up for 2009. Do you ever wonder why.

Posted by TurbineSeaplane

3:55 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Unfortunately the Duck recruit then exits the locker room and has a look around Eugene and wonders...

"what am I doing here"?


Posted by Easily Manipulated

3:55 PM, Jul 14, 2008

There's more things to playing college football than what you're uniforms look like, the number of tvs in the locker room, etc.

By the way, I wouldn't call Husky Stadium second class.

Posted by dawgfan

4:00 PM, Jul 14, 2008

I sure hope we cancel the contract with Nike or the University of Oregon. Support Nike is support for UofO who I despise more than any other Pac 10 school!

Posted by onewoodwacker

4:08 PM, Jul 14, 2008

I want to see a new road uniform;

White on White with Royal Purple block numbers thinly outlined in Gold.

The White pants have to have "HUSKIES" in Royal Purple block letters down the outside of the Right Leg.

I would also like to see a Royal Purple Helmet and faceguard with the Gold "W" just for the road.

This time though we HAVE to make sure that the purple on the helmet matched the purple on the uniforms.

Posted by Ducks 63-10

4:10 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Breaking news.....Under Armour is proposing pink uniforms with purple lace.

Posted by huskyfan24

4:23 PM, Jul 14, 2008

breaking news, oregon is a crappy school, thier athletics is all they have. Their jersey's suck and their football team isnt all that great (yeah you may win, but you never get anywhere). Sorry, but oregon is oregon...its always second class to the University of washington.

Posted by Gabe

4:25 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Wonder how it feels to be beaten by a team in pink uniforms with purple lace. Rather ducky I would think. Troy Must Be Destroyed (dastardly ducks demolished)

Posted by

4:28 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Then that same recruit comes to Montlake, sees the best stadium to watch college football in the nation and takes a stroll down the tunnel and sees numerous banners of Husky rose bowl victories and two national titles and asks himself whats more important, money in the locker room or being remembered.....

Posted by ganggreen

4:39 PM, Jul 14, 2008

and that smell of MOLD.

Husky stadium is a great location, but the facility is clarly in the league of Cal at this point, even WSU for that matter.

Posted by Formerly Guest

4:39 PM, Jul 14, 2008


I respect your views, but I could not stand those purple helmets. It seemed blasphemous.

Posted by Gabe

4:45 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Did Locker take recruiting trips to schools other than UW? If so, they didn't seem to make much of an impression on him. Nor on Middleton, Ta'amu, Thompson, Polk, etc., etc. Troy Must Be Destroyed (diminished ducks demolished)

Posted by Duck Hunter

5:00 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Off topic but dont Michigan's unis kinda look like West Virginia's.

Posted by Jonathan

5:57 PM, Jul 14, 2008

I agree with you, the Purple helmets sucked under Lambo. The helmet is perfect leave it like it is.

Posted by onewoodwacker

6:30 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Jonathon -

If given the choice of Purple Helmets under Lambo and his 44-25-1 (.664) record over 6 seasons (during the near death penalty Probation Years) verses the last 5 years and Gold Helmets - well - I think we'd all take Pink right now if thats what it took.

Anyway - I was just wanting to see them with a White on White w/ Royal Purple trimmed in Gold (Top and Bottom) Road Uniform.

Posted by uwfan

6:35 PM, Jul 14, 2008

i think if uw breaks ties with nike it would be all-inclusive, ie. fball, basketball, baseball, etc. under armour makes crap outside of some decent training and football product. careful what you guys are wishing for...

Posted by marc

7:30 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Why isn't UW offering Washington High Schoolers? There are a few 4 and 3 starts out there... More often than not, we haven't come knocking.

Posted by mes

8:07 PM, Jul 14, 2008

No matter what, the Dawgs need a real logo (like what they had during the glory years) and uniforms with real purple and gold.

Why not use the same color scheme and uniform style as the '91 national championship team?

Posted by m

8:12 PM, Jul 14, 2008

In regards to the Uck colors -- your teams are outfitted in urine yellow and black (never a school color), with tire tracks on the sleeves, letters on the back that can't be read since they match the shirt color, and gold helmets that look like they were painted in a 7th grade Shop class.

Top it off with a toilet seat logo, and congratulations, you have the ugliest uniforms ever.

How drunk or high were the idiots who approved those designs?

Posted by mutt

8:15 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Nike, isn't that like heads I win, tails you lose, or sleeping with the emeny, relationship?

Posted by mother hucker

8:31 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Mother Hucker: one who throws far. As in, Jake Locker is one crazy mother hucker!
I'm thinking they should either totally go for it and go with the throwbacks they sported last year (like the chargers and bills have done)
or, more likely, just get a bit purpler, go back to the "yellow-gold" pants and white stripes around the biceps, ala 1991. mostly just want those Gucci-bag gold pants gone. i see Babs every time I'm watching a game. gross.
getting rid of the logo goes without saying. something new (not a reissue of the previous happy Dawg) would be cool there.

Posted by pipdawg

9:04 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Please Adidas! I would buy so much merchandise, it would be insane. please...i hope...i hope...i hope.

Posted by 206 Hoops

9:05 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Come on bro, the Happy Dawg logo was the best. So much cooler than the trying-to-be-cool weasel. Current helmets, purple jerseys with block letters, 1991-era bright gold pants, black shoes, panting Happy Dog on the scoreboard -- over a winning score.

We are on our way back, by the way. For the first time in years, there's some talent in the program. 7 win season, the coaching staff stays intact, and Locker comes back for his junior season, the easier 2009 schedule... no telling what might happen.

Go Dawgs.

By the way, not that anyone on this board needs to know this, but the University of Oregon and their traditionless, 13-year-old wet dream uniform wearing, video game in the locker room playing, never quite good enough to break through football team SUCKS.

Posted by 3 of 5

9:28 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Bob, can I ask if the new company will have any interest in receiving feedback from fans on what we like about Husky uniforms (and don't like!).

I really didn't like the purple that Nike has used the last couple years. I did, however, love the throwback uniforms we used this year vs USC. I also miss the early 90s purple and gold :(

Posted by Burn Nike, Burn

10:53 PM, Jul 14, 2008

To hell with nike, phil knight, the zeros/toilet seats, and authouse stadium/the landfill! UNDER ARMOUR!

Posted by Mix

11:37 PM, Jul 14, 2008

Please, please ditch the contract with Knight University. I haven't bought a Nike item in 14 years, because of their blatant and unprofessional ties to the University of Oregon. If they want UW's money and exposure then they should shill out the same benefits (minus the nasty uniforms) to every school in Div1 that they do with the Ducks. Nike shareholders should throw a fit about the level of give-aways and cash contributions to Oregon, it's called misuse of funds..

Ditching Nike would be the BEST NEWS ALL YEAR!!

Posted by Get Rid of the Weasel!

6:23 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Please!!! There has to be a design that actually resembles a Husky out there.

Posted by

6:27 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Is nothing sacred anymore? They have all ready ruined the season by playing Cal 2 weeks after the Apple Cup. Now, Michigan is changing their uniforms? At least they haven't changed the helmets. If they do that, I will give up college football, and start attending the WNBA games......

Posted by 88Dogg

7:11 AM, Jul 15, 2008

The weasel must go! Going back to the traditional colors and uni's would be a nice change also.

Posted by Sam

7:57 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Gotta love it. The U of O suffers a major tragedy on Sunday, and the next day their main beat writer's only mention of the U of O is about Nike. "I wonder how the Husky faithful will respond to this? Hmm?" Nice work Bob, way to bring out the Husky class.

RIP Todd Doxey.

Posted by Support PNW

8:02 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Support Portland-based sports apparel.

Posted by Just don't do it

8:26 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Get rid of Nike. I hope Woodward listens to the fans on this one, we are the ones who have to pay for team apparel. We do not want Nike!

Posted by Say no to Nike

8:58 AM, Jul 15, 2008

I'd go to UW if I could wear "Under Armor" (Is that deodorant?)
Adidas not UA
Ya, the deal is important, but the kids need to think its cool too.

Posted by Aaron

9:19 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Let's bring back the crop tops, big neck rolls, and all black converses.

Posted by Sam

9:25 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Gotta love it. The U of O suffers a major tragedy on Sunday, and the next day YOUR main beat writer's only mention of the U of O is about Nike. "I wonder how the Husky faithful will respond to this? Hmm?" Nice work Bob, way to bring out the Husky class.

RIP Todd Doxey.

Posted by pattapit

9:40 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Hey Aaron,

Are you the Aaron that comes into earls and drinks the "purple and gold" shots? If so, How the F is it going?

The Weasel is forever embedded in harmoney with Slick Rick, and Hedges, and it needs to go ASAP. Bring back the Happy Husky... Real Purple, Real Gold, and leave the helmets.

Go Dawgs!!!!!

I'm definately getting ready for this road trip to outhouse stadium. in Eugene.

Posted by Dawg in PDX

11:00 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Be careful what you ask for. Nike is clearing the top brand for athletic equipment for ALL sports - Adidas and UA can't support all of our sports teams with the same quality, performance, and look that Nike can (remember, athletes DO look at uni's in the recruiting process). Blame the administration on the ugly unis and colors - Nike, Adidas, UA have influence but don't choose the designs.
Nike has some of the most classic unis in college football - Ohio State, Penn State, OU, Texas...all those schools protect the tradition of their unis. Washington should too.
And to those uneducated enough to think that all Nike dollars support the Ducks (which btw the way our rival is WSU, not Oregon - i'm tired of giving them the "honor" of Husky fans treating them as a rival), Under Armour was founded by a Maryland Alum and is tied to the hip there. Adidas blindly supports Notre Dame (boos from UW fans)...grow up guys.

Posted by shackl

11:09 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Two things on this, first the helmet must never change and, second, the weasel must go.

Posted by Dawg in the Couv

11:16 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Onewoodwacker -

In 97 (I believe), the seniors wanted to go with white pants at home for one of their last games (maybe senior day can't remember) looked HORRIBLE even with the purple jerseys. It would look worse with white road jerseys. I still have nightmares of seeing the jock straps of all the OL and DL - the white pants were basically see through....

Plus white on white is too much like whoregon...

Go Dawgs!


12:19 PM, Jul 15, 2008


Posted by mogovey

1:08 PM, Jul 15, 2008

I think we should go back to this jersey design for football no matter who our equipment supplier is. It's a classic look with darker purple and block numbers.

Posted by Mad Bavarian

7:01 PM, Jul 15, 2008

I am glad to hear that the U-Dub is looking for a new athletic apparel supplier. Adidas or Under Armour would add a classy logo to our teams. I have never bought nor asked for anything with the Nike logo. I have always felt that I would be susidizing Phil Knight and by extension the "Zeroes".

Posted by patrick

10:49 AM, Jul 16, 2008

I may be one of the only ones that prefers the Nike uniforms and gear. I agree that the “ferret” logo is lame, but it’s not really used much anymore. It doesn’t appear on any uniforms. The athletic dept. transitioned to the normal “W” logo as the official logo years ago.
I don’t think we’ll see much difference in the actual team uniforms, but just the gear the coaches wear and we buy in the stores. I for one am NOT a fan of the under armour apparel (unless you like this ) I think what it comes down to, which company is willing to shell the most out to Udub for the rights?

Posted by Mike D

11:36 AM, Jul 16, 2008

This is an easy fix - Go back to the Russell half-shirt jerseys and black Converse high tops like UW had in '91 when they won it all.

Posted by PDX Dawgfan

10:15 AM, Jul 17, 2008

I love the idea of the Dawgs wearing Adidas or Under Armour gear. Either one would be a massive improvement over Nike's quality and very suspect PR and "ownership" decisions. Phil Knight exerts more control and leverage over a university than any other individual in the country in the way that he manipulates the university of Oregon. Knight inserted one of his buddies as the AD (an insurance broker & booster with no prior experience) and is single handedly funneling millions of dollars into the coffers of our biggest rival. Most recently he pledged $150M of his own money to the Duck athletic dept on the condition that U of O officials obtain $250M in separate public financing to build a new basketball arena. None of the $150M can be spent on the arena and all of it must be spent on athletics. It's great for Duck athletics, but makes the university look like a joke and pawn in Knights goal of making U of O essentially a Nike franchise. Cannot believe Oregon residents went along with the idea ($250M is crazy money for the state, esp for only 15-25 events per year) and equally shocked that OSU fans haven't revolted against state legislators as their school won't be receiving a dime of state money.

If the Dawgs give Nike the boot it will send a strong signal to the rest of the Pac 10 and hopefully all the other schools will follow.

Go Dawgs.

-PDX Dawgfan (not to be confused w/PDX Dawg) :)

Posted by NE 65th Street

10:13 AM, Jul 22, 2008

This article says it all. UW should go with UA!

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