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It might make sense for smaller suppliers to focus on just one school and make them their "Oregon" or "Maryland" instead of stretching their resources too thin across a bunch of schools. The mistake Under Armour made was thinking they could compete with goliaths like Nike and Adidas by copying their business model.

 

If I'm a program like (for the sake of an example) NC State, I'd rather get the undivided attention of a company like Champion or Puma or New Balance instead of being just another Adidas school that will never get the resources that Louisville, Kansas and Washington get.

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Skechers could be an interesting player if they wanted to expand further, in recent years they have expanded into running and soccer.

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1 hour ago, Lights Out said:

It might make sense for smaller suppliers to focus on just one school and make them their "Oregon" or "Maryland" instead of stretching their resources too thin across a bunch of schools. The mistake Under Armour made was thinking they could compete with goliaths like Nike and Adidas by copying their business model.

 

If I'm a program like (for the sake of an example) NC State, I'd rather get the undivided attention of a company like Champion or Puma or New Balance instead of being just another Adidas school that will never get the resources that Louisville, Kansas and Washington get.


This is what I miss about WSU’s deal with Russell Athletic. What I don’t miss, however, is how hard it was to get a decent replica and how some of the unis very clearly didn’t measure up to Nike in design quality. Our last set of Nike uniforms were near perfect — then we had to go and ruin them by removing the shoulder stripes and making them plain and boring in the name of mixing and matching. But I’m super glad we don’t use Adidas... I can’t stand their football leotards that are strrrrretched to the max over the pads. I already see that too much between Eastern Washington and UW.

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22 hours ago, SCL said:

Skechers could be an interesting player if they wanted to expand further, in recent years they have expanded into running and soccer.

That would be recruiting suicide for a school. They wouldn’t want to go to a school that has Skechers as their shoe provider. They were a thing 20 years ago, for little kids. Now those kids are adults and remember what trash they were, and the kids going to college now refer to them as garbage.

 

you also say they have expanded into running and soccer. Yea those shoes that wouldn’t even qualify as takedown models will really bring in the recruits. They are selling online for $6.

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On 1/16/2021 at 9:30 AM, Lights Out said:

It might make sense for smaller suppliers to focus on just one school and make them their "Oregon" or "Maryland" instead of stretching their resources too thin across a bunch of schools. The mistake Under Armour made was thinking they could compete with goliaths like Nike and Adidas by copying their business model.

 

If I'm a program like (for the sake of an example) NC State, I'd rather get the undivided attention of a company like Champion or Puma or New Balance instead of being just another Adidas school that will never get the resources that Louisville, Kansas and Washington get.

 

Just for clarity as I worked in the athletic department at the time, when the original exclusivity contract was originally signed in 2012, NC State was Adidas' only ACC school. At that time, Louisville wasn't yet a member of the league, nor was the deal there with GT or Miami. I think there was an idea from the NCSU administration that being the flagship ACC agreement for Adidas would help State in the long-term. Also, of note as a fan, while Adidas fan gear quality has always been questionable, it is kind of nice to see NC State differentiated from Wake Forest, Duke, and UNC-CH in terms of templated fan gear. 

 

That said, it would be interesting to see what other brands could do if they went all-in on a program as opposed to having countless contracts.

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On 1/16/2021 at 11:35 AM, TenaciousG said:


This is what I miss about WSU’s deal with Russell Athletic. What I don’t miss, however, is how hard it was to get a decent replica and how some of the unis very clearly didn’t measure up to Nike in design quality. Our last set of Nike uniforms were near perfect — then we had to go and ruin them by removing the shoulder stripes and making them plain and boring in the name of mixing and matching. But I’m super glad we don’t use Adidas... I can’t stand their football leotards that are strrrrretched to the max over the pads. I already see that too much between Eastern Washington and UW.

Adidas makes other templates.. blame those schools for choosing the techfit stuff, not Adidas for having the option..

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On 1/17/2021 at 5:07 PM, RollWolfpack said:

 

Just for clarity as I worked in the athletic department at the time, when the original exclusivity contract was originally signed in 2012, NC State was Adidas' only ACC school. At that time, Louisville wasn't yet a member of the league, nor was the deal there with GT or Miami. I think there was an idea from the NCSU administration that being the flagship ACC agreement for Adidas would help State in the long-term. Also, of note as a fan, while Adidas fan gear quality has always been questionable, it is kind of nice to see NC State differentiated from Wake Forest, Duke, and UNC-CH in terms of templated fan gear. 

 

That said, it would be interesting to see what other brands could do if they went all-in on a program as opposed to having countless contracts.

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On 1/17/2021 at 5:07 PM, RollWolfpack said:

 

 

 

That said, it would be interesting to see what other brands could do if they went all-in on a program as opposed to having countless contracts.

 

I'd say Puma would probably have the best shot at this if it ever happened.  But again, I don't know how it might affect recruiting.  These kids are all conditioned to believe Nike and Adidas are far superior to everything else out there.

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I think if a new supplier was to enter into college football uniforms, they would be smart to begin at the high school all-star games. They are able to spend up to a year on a single uniform set and are able to be as out there with their designs and not get too much flack for it. If they get in a few cycles of making those uniforms, they get in with the high school/ college athletes and can then enter the college football scene. It also allows them to get their feet wet without getting into a decade long contract worth millions of dollars in merch and gear. I'd also agree that Puma has the most realistic shot at being a uniform maker as they are currently getting into the basketball scene and are established in other sports like soccer.

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22 minutes ago, CaliforniaGlowin said:

Deion gives preview of new jackson state uniforms.

 

https://hbcugameday.com/2021/01/26/deion-sanders-reveals-three-new-jsu-jerseys/

 

 

JacksonStateBlue.jpg?w=640&ssl=1

 

JSUWhite.jpg?w=640&ssl=1

 

JSURed.jpg?w=640&ssl=1

 

Those look GOOD.

 

Looks like they're going with UA's font for Maryland there--not a bad choice. I don't ever remember red being anywhere close to this prominent in JSU's identity, so I hope it doesn't become too much a la Grambling State...but still, already one of the best looks in CFB.

 

And obtw, anyone notice how Prime favored going mostly traditional here? Just sayin'... 😁

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4 hours ago, tBBP said:

JSURed.jpg?w=640&ssl=1

 

Looks like they're going with UA's font for Maryland there--not a bad choice. I don't ever remember red being anywhere close to this prominent in JSU's identity, so I hope it doesn't become too much a la Grambling State...but still, already one of the best looks in CFB.

 

And obtw, anyone notice how Prime favored going mostly traditional here? Just sayin'... 😁

I think they started focusing on blue and white in the late 1990's/early 2000's. Dealing with Russell equipping the whole conference didn't help them stand out either. It looks like they either wanted to be only a blue and white team during that time, or that's what they can afford to be. 

DD Bowie - Football - Jackson State University

Ex-Grand Rapids Community College QB Casey Therriault making noise at  Jackson State - mlive.com

Jackson State: Caught in the Middle - Underdog Dynasty

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18 minutes ago, Scrumptious Ham said:

That helmet logo is a monstrosity. 

I've seen worse. They probably would be better off picking one version of it, or better yet rolling with the leaping tiger logo. 

 

FANMATS NCAA Jackson State University Blue 2 ft. x 3 ft. Area Rug-3995 -  The Home Depot

this one is no longer official though. 

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22 hours ago, MJWalker45 said:

I've seen worse. They probably would be better off picking one version of it, or better yet rolling with the leaping tiger logo. 

 

FANMATS NCAA Jackson State University Blue 2 ft. x 3 ft. Area Rug-3995 -  The Home Depot

this one is no longer official though. 

And good thing, it looks like they used MOD REDACTED tiger as their reference

 

MOD EDIT: Next time just say it's a bad drawing and leave it at that.

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I really wish Jackson State would retire that logo and hire someone to get them some proper logos to utilize. Until then, they should be using the "JSU" from this update they made some time ago.

 

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...or maybe use the 'JSU' from the baseball team:

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5 minutes ago, Magic Dynasty said:

The original Avalanche font? Interesting choice there.

Russell used that almost as soon as it came out. I think they still offer it too.

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